Andrew D. Fitch, who had 21 pounds of marijuana when police raided his Hartland home in 2015, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree criminal possession of marijuana in State Supreme Court in Lockport.
Fitch, 34, of Ridge Road, risks being sentenced to up to 2 1/2 years in state prison when he returns to court Aug. 29 before Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.
As part of the plea deal, Kloch dismissed charges against Fitch's live-in girlfriend, Annie Tiongco-Lopez, 33, who also was arrested after the search warrant was executed Nov. 3, 2015.
Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said Fitch was growing marijuana on his property, but most of the pot that was seized had already been packaged.
A separate indictment accusing Fitch of possessing an assault rifle in 2013, when officers raided his previous home in Barker, also was dismissed Monday.