The U.S. Supreme Court declined to stop the lethal injection.
Gianforte, 55, a technology entrepreneur, proclaimed his victory shortly after 10:45 p.m. local time, a day after being charged with misdemeanor assault of a reporter for The Guardian newspaper. "Last night, I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can't take back," Gianforte told cheering supporters, addressing the controversy publicly for the first time. "I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that, I am sorry, Mr. Ben Jacobs."
The plants, which are used to make opium, morphine and heroin, were found on an acre of land near the town of Claremont, some 40 miles north of Charlotte.
California Judge William H. Follett has come under fire for sentencing a man who raped his own 16-year-old sister to just four months in jail.
President Donald Trump engaged in some sharp-elbowed diplomacy Thursday at the NATO summit — literally.