Pot brownies life sentence? As it turns out, a 19-year-old Texas man is facing a life sentence following an illegal bake sale of brownies laced with pot.
Round rock police found 1.5 pounds of marijuana brownies and hash oil inside his apartment. Jacob Lavoro was arrested after police say they also discovered 16 ounces of marijuana, nearly $2,000 in cash, and a cell phone detailing each transaction.
“It’s outrageous. It’s crazy. I don’t understand it,” Joe Lavoro, the man’s father said. Like many familiar with the case, Joe does not understand why his son is in so much legal trouble. Lavoro may be making several court appearances, which begin this week.
“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 ****ed. This is wrong. This is ***n wrong!” the father said.
Lavoro’s lawyer agrees.
“I was outraged. 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 attorney said.
The former high school football player has a clean record.
Authorities say hash oil is a controlled substance with much harsher state penalties than marijuana because the oil has higher concentrations of the psychoactive component of marijuana and is in a penalty group with amphetamines and ecstasy.
If there is more than 600 grams of drugs involved, it warrants a second degree felony
If convicted, Lavoro faces anywhere from 5 to 99 years or life in prison, but sentences can depend on other factors and considerations. Many people, including family of this man, are claiming that the punishment is too harsh for the crime.
A retired officer out of Houston felt the punishment was too much, but Texas law does classify hash oil as a “penalty 2” controlled substance, which carries a heavier sentence.