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Texas teen could get life sentence for pot brownies

ROUND ROCK, Tex. (WXIN) – A Texas teen faces life in prison after he allegedly mixed in some hash oil along with marijuana in a batch of pot brownies.

Jacob Lavoro, 19, faces a felony charge and five years to life in prison as punishment after cops busted him last month with a pound of weed, 1.5 pounds of the brownies, and 145 grams of hash oil.

Because he used hash oil in the brownies, prosecutors can aggregate the total weight of the treats in the charge, including the butter, milk, sugar and cocoa.

Solid weed would have meant a misdemeanor.

The former high school football player has an entirely clean record prior to his current charge.

“It’s outrageous, it’s crazy! I don’t understand it,” Joe Lavoro, Jacob’s father,  told KEYE outside the courtroom. “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!”

The teen’s lawyer was also stunned by the sentence.

“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,” Jack Holmes, Lavoro’s lawyer, said.

17 comments

  • omar

    the prison industry are behind these lengthy sentences , they’re profiting from all these prisoners

    • Mo Fiscal conservatism

      “Prison industry”? Profiting??
      Look it’s one thing to be against marijuana being illegal. It’s another thing to say absolutely ridiculous conspiracy theories to back it up.
      You obviously have NO idea how the economy, or prison system in most states works.

      • mike

        The prison systems are profiting. They are run by businesses and yes, they are state funded; whick makes it even more wrong. Feel free to research it. It sounds crazy, but it is a huge money making business.

      • Tootles46

        Lawyers, labs to check urine, bail bonds men, parole officers, prison guards, judges, food service , laundry service, janitorial and maintenance personnel as well as construction; yes it’s a quite a business.

      • Marie

        No, YOU have no idea, as stated above, anyone with any sense or education knows prison is a business.

      • Jojo

        Prison is decidely a profit making business. You could buy a package of oreos for less than $3 in the grocery. In prison, families send money so their loved ones can have the privilege of paying $8 for the same sized packages. So who’s making money – hint, hint – it ain’t nabisco.

      • Dustin Cavanaugh

        Businesses don’t stay in business without profits. The prisons are privatized in many places. Deductive reasoning much?

      • Mo Fiscal conservatism

        Sounds like a lot of kids spending too much time on “daddy’s computer”. Instead of telling me to research an industry that I already have professional experience with. How about you hipsters show me some real proof? Your imagination and gossip columns aren’t exactly “credible”.
        A lot of strong opinions on here about something you know nothing about. (having done time isn’t exactly the “experience” that will help)
        Though I’m sure most of you have at least spent the night in a holding cell.

      • name

        Mo, this isn’t a conspiracy theory, it is a well established fact that nobody is hiding. As much as I am on the same page as you when it comes to fiscal conservatism, incarceration is perhaps the only industry that should not at all be privatized. Private prison groups go out of their way to increase the incarceration rate. The prison-industrial complex has had devastating effects on society because–unlike any other industry–by privatizing the prison system we actually increase government oppression.

        “ALEC has been a major force behind both privatizing state prison space and keeping prisons filled. It put forward bills providing for mandatory minimum sentences and three-strikes sentencing requirements. About 40 states passed versions of ALEC’s Truth in Sentencing model bill, which requires prisoners convicted of violent crimes to serve most of their sentences without chance of parole”
        http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/What-Makes-Alec-Smart.html

        Through lobbying groups, private prisons gain the ability to seize governing power, and they use it to strip innocent people of their basic civil liberties. We risk a similar problem every time the government contracts out security forces to take military action on the government’s behalf. In this way we move one step closer towards anarchy, which is not a system of liberty but rather a system of oppression through warlord leadership. You think America is too strong to crumble, and I’m sure the Romans had exactly the same thought.

        “The drug war is a holocaust in slow motion.” We are condemning and enslaving people who deserve no punishment whatsoever simply to feed a corrupt interaction between government and private industry. The federal government started seizing unnecessary power in the mid-1800’s, and today it has evolved to the point that it no longer serves the people; it serves politicians and special interest groups.

    • Tootles46

      The sentence is obviously unfair. But this admitted conservative may not have noticed or spoke out if it was another persons son or daughter.

  • Marie

    Let’s npt get our panties into a bunch…He will not get life in prison. He probably won’t even get the five.Always trying to make a fuss about nothing.

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    rule #1…stay out of Texas if you love freedom

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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