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Smoker accused of threat pleads guilty to firearms charges

AUSTIN, Texas – The sister of a Texas man accused of violating a federal law that makes it illegal for a regulated substance users in possession of a firearm says he relies on marijuana for the treatment of epilepsy.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that 50-year-old Steven Boehle (BO-lee) was initially accused of planning an attack on the police.

Researchers claim that an informant said Boehle wanted to shoot officers. A federal judge says a letter Boehle allegedly wrote about the plan was “marijuana-induced gibberish.”

Boehle pleaded guilty in September to illegal possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He was sentenced this month to five years probation.

Boehle could go to jail if he tests positive or is found with marijuana. His sister says that is a concern given his dependence on the drug. She said that her brother suffered a seizure and hit his head while in prison.

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Information: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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