Former MSU Northern basketball player sentenced in marijuana case

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HAVRE, Montana — A former Montana State University-Northern men's basketball player who had been working in the school's admissions office has been given a four-year deferred sentence in a marijuana case.

The Havre Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1uJ46dN ) District Judge Dan Boucher sentenced Joe C. Simpson II on Monday and ordered him to pay over $10,000 in fines and fees. Simpson earlier pleaded no contest to attempted possession of drugs and a forfeiture charge.

Simpson was arrested in October 2013 after U.S. Postal Service employees contacted authorities to report a package addressed to Simpson might contain marijuana. It contained just over 2 pounds of the drug. Postal employees said Simpson received five similar packages from California in earlier weeks.

Boucher said if Simpson meets the conditions of his deferred sentence he can petition to have the felonies struck from his record.

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