Pot Brownies Life Sentence? Possibly, for Texas Teen Charged With Felony

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:23 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A pot brownies life sentence could await Jacob Lavoro, a Texas teen who was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony last week after he got caught baking and selling the hash-laced dessert in his Austin suburb.

The reason for the first-degree felony charge, which carries a sentence of five years to life in prison, is because Texas state law allows for the weight of the entire product — which, in this case, includes the flour, sugar, butter, and other ingredients in the pot brownies — to be counted toward the total weight of the drugs seized.

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"Five years to life? I'm sorry. I'm a law abiding citizen. I'm a conservative. I love my country. I'm a Vietnam veteran, but I'll be damned. This is wrong. This is damn wrong!"  Joe Lavoro, Jacob's father, told KEYE-TV.

"If he did something wrong, he should be punished — but to the extent that makes sense," the father added. "This is illogical. I’m really upset, and I’m frightened, I’m frightened for my son."

Lavoro's lawyer Jack Holmes agreed.

"I was outraged," Holmes told KEYE-TV. "I've been doing this 22 years as a lawyer and I've got 10 years as a police officer and I've never seen anything like this before."

"They've weighed baked goods in this case," Holmes added with a laugh. "It ought to be a misdemeanor."

The local prosecutor has yet to say how he will proceed with the case, according to various media outlets whose inquiries the district attorney reportedly ignored.

The 19-year-old Lavoro, a former high school football player who is said to have a clean record prior to the April drug bust, reportedly remains in Williamson County jail on $30,000 bond.

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