‘Substitute Judge’ Given Month In Prison For Possession

A substitute judge in Virginia’s Shenandoah County has been sentenced to 30 days in prison following a conviction for growing cannabis on his property.

The judge, James H. Allamong Jr. was originally arrested Oct. 5, 2011, after police discovered 41 marijuana plants growing on his property, according to the Washington Post.

There were complications handling his court case due to Allamong’s involvement in the Virginia judicial system.

Allamong’s case was heard in a Woodstock, Virginia courtroom, and resided on by a retired Arlington County judge, Paul Sheridan.  He was forced to handle the case after judges in the 26th Judicial District recused themselves due to their familiarity with Allamong.

Allamong agreed to a plea agreement that reduced his initial charges from a felony to a misdemeanor.  He admitted to possessing the marijuana and other drug related paraphernalia.

In addition to serving out a jail sentence, Allamong was fined $500, and given two years of probation as well as 200 hours of community service.