By Kevin Doonan
Sun Staff Writer
NORWICH – A man accused of growing large amounts of marijuana on his property on multiple occasions appeared once again in Chenango County Court Monday.
Henry W. Hemsley, 74, Norwich, appeared in court after being arrested on a warrant issued by Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. on Aug. 7 for allegedly cultivating a marijuana plant in plain view on his lawn. Already released on bail for a pending matter involving 45 marijuana plants, several pounds of processed marijuana, and some 200 long guns, Hemsley was remanded back to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond.
Hemsley is currently facing charges stemming from three separate incidents.
On Sept. 7 of 2012, the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Hemsley’s county Road 32 residence in the Town of Norwich. During their search, authorities allegedly found 45 marijuana plants as well as two pounds of processed marijuana, and more than 200 long guns including some high profile weapons. Among the weapons seized were two fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles – the second oldest assault rifle variant and the most produced weapon of its class in the world; a fully automatic M16 assault rifle, the United States’ military version of the civilian AR-15; a .44 Vietnam Commemorative Revolver; a .45 caliber Colt M1911 handgun, dubbed the Model 1911 as it was first adopted by the United States military in 1911 and is still issued to select groups of soldiers; a .41 caliber Smith & Wesson Revolver, similar to the weapon wielded by the infamous Dirty Harry; a semi-automatic 9mm Taurus handgun; a .22 Dan Wesson revolver; a .22 caliber Ruger Mark II revolver; and a .22 caliber Marlin Handgun. The lawful search of Hemsley’s property in September resulted in the following charges being filed against him: second degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony; six counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; and seven counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. He was indicted on those charges in December. A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for later this year.