Editor's note: Sang Leaming's first name was misspelled in this story. It was corrected at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Also, prosecutors Fred Johnson's name was incorrect. It was corrected at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

The owner of a Longmont smoke shop was convicted Wednesday of two felonies for possessing and selling synthetic cannabis, an illegal drug commonly referred to as spice.

Sang Leaming, 27, was convicted of possessing the drugs from June 29 through July 10, 2012, and of selling the drug on July 10, 2012 — the day a Loveland mother purchased spice at Tobacco King, 2255 Main St., because she had figured out her son was purchasing it there.

Leaming was acquitted of possessing the drug on July 11, 2012, when prosecutors said the woman's son tried to buy spice at the store, and of distributing the drug on July 8 and 9, 2012.

When he is sentenced Aug. 25, Leaming faces a maximum sentence of one to three years in prison for the two felonies. He is eligible for probation.

Prosecutor Sean Finn was more pleased with the verdict than defense attorney Brian Bagley was.

"We know the jury worked hard and came to an appropriate verdict," Finn said. "We're happy with the verdict."

Bagley said, "We're very happy that (Leaming) was acquitted on two charges. Obviously, we're quite disappointed that he was found guilty of two charges.


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"At the moment, the case isn't over," he continued, pointing out that sentencing is pending. Bagley also plans to file an appeal, but he would not elaborate on the grounds for that appeal.

The case could be the first spice-related prosecution since the product became illegal on July 1, 2011, according to the Boulder District Attorney's Office.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office has filed four civil lawsuits against businesses, including Tobacco King, that sell spice, according to a May 19 press release from that office. The lawsuit against Leaming and Tobacco King — filed in September, the same day Leaming was arrested — was the first of the four.

Prosecutor Fred Johnson presented evidence Monday, the first day of the trial, that Department of Revenue investigators told Leaming on June 28, 2012, that spice is illegal.

Investigator Chelsea Rosipajla testified that she and her partner confiscated several boxes of synthetic marijuana products that day. When tested, three of the five types included synthetic marijuana, and a fourth contained amphetamines, according to the attorney general's lawsuit.

Contact Times-Call staff writer Victoria Camron at 303-684-5226 or vcamron@times-call.com