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Mar 6, 2012 10:59 AM by Matt Stafford

Yoga habit earns Colo. man a break on pot sentence

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A district court judge in Aspen gave a former Snowmass resident a break after the man said he replaced his pot habit with yoga.

Vaughn Barnett says he once lived life in a marijuana haze until he discovered the benefits of yoga at the Pitkin County Jail.

Judge Gail Nichols says Barnett's conversion influenced her decision to sentence him to another 30 days in jail after spending 130 days in custody. Prosecutors wanted more jail time.

Barnett was also given four years of probation for having 11 pounds of marijuana mailed to him.

A local newspaper reported that public defender Tina Fang told the judge the Aspen jail has been the butt of jokes about its yoga sessions for inmates, but they paid off for Barnett.

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