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News Buzz: Mackenzie Found Guilty

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Brian Wellner
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Quad City Times
Benton Mackenzie, in a wheelchair, and his wife, Loretta, outside the courthouse Wednesday.

Last summer, a Long Grove resident was arrested after police found marijuana plants in his home. Benton Mackenzie claims his family grew the plants in order to treat a rare blood-vessel cancer. This past week, the jury reached a guilty verdict for Mackenzie, his wife and child.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with Brian Wellner, crime reporter for the Quad City Times, about the circumstances, outcome of the trial and why the jury couldn’t hear his primary defense.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River