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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A 58-year-old man caught hauling hundreds of pounds of marijuana through southwest Missouri faces about four months in prison.

Ashot Grigoryan entered a modified Alford plea to drug possession with intent to distribute after authorities found about 800 pounds (360 kilograms) of marijuana in his truck in 2015. An Alford plea means the defendant acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a conviction but doesn’t admit committing the crime.

The Springfield News Leader reports (http://j.mp/2da2X11 ) Grigoryan was sentenced this week to seven years in prison. But he also agreed to a 120-day shock incarceration program. After he completes that, a judge will decide whether to release him on five years’ probation.

He also has to pay a $4,000 fine, which is what he was paid to transport the marijuana from California.