Hogan charges dropped,

July 20, 2012

Wife pleads to misdemeanor

Illegal drug sale charges against Donald Ray Hogan, 39, have been dropped, Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis said Wednesday.

Charges against his wife Billie Jo, 36, were reduced and she pled guilty Wednesday morning to possession of marijuana, a one year misdemeanor.

The couple own the Mid Michigan Care Givers Club in Harrison. They were both arrested June 14 on felony charges of illegal sales of Marijuana.

A June release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department said they had received numerous complaints that Marijuana was being sold from the Hayes Township business to individuals who were not patients of the caregiver.

Hogan challenged the charges, saying they stemmed from a meeting with an elderly woman whose caregiver had died to see about transferring her to his care. “We have only tried to help out our community by offering a much needed legal service,” he said in June.

Ambrozaitis said the charges against Billie Jo Hogan were reduced because she is a licensed caregiver and has patients who use medical Marijuana. If convicted of a felony, she would no longer be eligible to be a caregiver.

Hogan is the brother of Vickie Lynn Hogan, better known as Anna Nicole Smith, an American Model, actress and television personality who died from an overdose of prescription drugs at age 39.

Hogan said he uses Medical Marijuana to manage the pain from Anklylosing  Spondylitis, a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints between spinal bones eventually causing bones to join together. He said he believes that his sister may have had the same disease.

A pre-sentencing investigation for Billy Jo Hogan has been set for July 30, Ambrozaitis said.

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