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Clovis mayor's grandson guilty in marijuana case

The grandson of Clovis Mayor Harry Armstrong will be sentenced in Fresno County Superior Court on Jan. 31 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of cultivating marijuana.

Because David Armstrong, 25, admitted guilt, prosecutors dropped a felony charge of possession of marijuana for sale. If he had been convicted of the two charges, he faced as much as three years and eight months in prison.

Under a Jan. 13 plea agreement, Armstrong will likely be sentenced to a drug treatment program and probation, said attorney Douglas Foster, who represents Armstrong.

A citizen's tip in March 2009 led to the arrest of Armstrong, who told police he lived with his grandfather, Harry Armstrong -- a Clovis City Council member since 1970. Police have said Harry Armstrong, 80, had no knowledge of his grandson's activities and cooperated with investigators.

Since his arrest, David Armstrong has been undergoing drug counseling, Foster said. Under the plea agreement, he also must attend Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings three times a week, Foster said.