Posted: September 10, 2012
Correction (3:45 p.m.): The original version of this story incorrectly stated that Judge Sheridan ordered Allamong to serve his sentence in Warren County. Sheridan said that Allamong could serve the time elsewhere if the sherrif's office deems it appropriate.
WOODSTOCK — A former substitute Shenandoah County judge, accused of growing marijuana plants on his property, pleaded guilty this morning in the county's circuit court.
James H. Allamong Jr. accepted a plea agreement that amended the charges against him. He was charged with felony possession with intent to distribute, and felony manufacturing of marijuana. He was convicted of two misdemeanors: possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Retired Arlington County Judge Paul Sheridan sentenced Allamong to 30 days in jail beginning Oct. 5 and to pay a $500 fine. The sentence includes 12 months suspended jail time, two years probation and 200 community service hours.
All judges in the 26th Judicial District recused themselves from the case. Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney Paul B. Ebert was the prosecutor.
Allamong’s attorney, N. Randolph Bryant, said officials with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office did not want his client to serve his sentence in the county. Sheridan said that Allamong could serve the time elsewhere if the sherrif's office deems it appropriate.
Allamong, who is still practicing law in Shenandoah County, was arrested on Oct. 5, 2011, after police discovered 41 marijuana plants growing on his property. They discovered the plants while investigating a fire at an outbuilding near his home.