The long-awaited sentencing of Melissa “Missy” Giove’s felony marijuana possession came Wednesday morning. The retired downhill champion avoided prison time.
U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe gave her five years probation following six months home detention. A sentence of 24 to 30 months in prison was anticipated.
The downhiller was arrested when she was caught trafficking 384 pounds of marijuana from California to Saratoga County in June, 2009.
Giove won two World Cup overall wins and a World Championship title, before retiring in 2003.
She pleaded guilty to trafficking with the intent to sell in December, 2009, stating that she had arranged to be paid $30,000 to coordinate the exchange and follow a courier who drove the truck across the country.
Searches of co-conspirator, Eric Canori’s home revealed nearly $1 million cash in duffel bags and an additional 30 to 50 pounds of marijuana.