The Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A suspended Grand Rapids Press sports columnist accused of growing marijuana at his home has turned down a plea agreement.
David Mayo tearfully issued a statement Tuesday outside Kent County Circuit Court, saying new information has come to light in his case and he has opted for a trial.
He declined to provide details.
Mayo was suspended from his job after being charged in February with a felony drug-possession count that carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years.
Police say a January raid on his home netted 71 marijuana plants and 32 ounces of pot in canning jars.
Prosecutors offered to let him plead guilty to a reduced felony drug charge that carries up to four years in prison. A misdemeanor drug charge would have been dropped.