According to information provided by the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Kathryn Ann Hemetek of Letart was sentenced earlier this month in federal court in Huntington. She will spend a minimum of five years in prison at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in Monroe County, a federal prison for minimum-security female inmates.
Hemetek’s sentencing comes four months after a federal jury declared her guilty of manufacturing marijuana.
Hemetek was arrested by troopers in July 2005 when they were conducting their yearly eradication of the plant that summer. More than 200 plants were found on her farm, which is located approximately five miles outside of New Haven. The plants were found not only planted in the ground but also in several pots and buckets.
The case was turned over to the U.S. Attorney General’s West Virginia office in Charleston and tried in January in U.S. Federal Court, Southern West Virginia District in Huntington before Judge Robert Chambers. Josh Hanks prosecuted the case.
At the time of her arrest, Hemetek was a teacher at New Haven Elementary School. After being indicted by a federal grand jury, she was placed on suspension.
According to state law, once convicted of a crime, Hemetek will lose her teaching certification.