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Court says convicted pot pilot can appeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that a failed script writer sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for flying $500,000 worth of marijuana to Wisconsin on his private plane should have been allowed to appeal his conviction.

Trevor Ryan of Ukiah, Calif., was sentenced by a federal judge in Madison to 65 months in prison in 2009. His attorney never appealed and when Ryan asked that his sentence and conviction be vacated, his request was rejected.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Ryan should be allowed to appeal and testimony should be taken on his arguments.

Ryan told the judge during his trial that he grew and sold marijuana to raise money for a movie project. Federal prosecutors say he was motivated by greed.

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