Teen facing life in prison for pot brownies pleading for charges to be reduced
GEORGETOWN, Texas – A Texas teenager is facing felony drug charges that could send him to prison for life, all because of pot brownies.
His supporters and lawyers are fighting to get his charges reduced.
“Worried and nervous,” said Jacob Lavoro.
Lavoro, 19, learned his case will be presented to a grand jury for indictment in two weeks and the long-awaited lab report is in, revealing just how much hash the brownies he is accused of making actually contain.
In April, a pregnant neighbor called police to report a strange smell coming from Lavoro’s apartment, claiming it made her sick.
Officers say Lavoro made pot brownies that contained THC, or hash oil.
Officers weighed the brownies in their container and charged Lavoro with having nearly one and a half pounds of drugs, a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of 10 years in prison to life.
According to affidavit, they also confiscated THC in a container, $1,600 and an apparent client list.
“Mr. McDonald advised that there was a total amount of 2.5 grams of THC found in all of that stuff. I expected a little bit more out of it, but that’s what it is. That’s about the equivalent to two and a half of those sugar things you find at a restaurant when you sit down,” said Jack Holmes, Lavoro’s attorney.
Holmes now wants the charges reduced to a second-degree felony, based on the actual amount of drugs found.
That charge is punishable by two to 20 years in prison, or probation.
Lavoro’s supporters are optimistic.
They delivered a petition with more than 243,000 signatures to the DA’s office requesting the charges be reduced.
Lavoro is already facing a second-degree felony charge, so it is possible his other charge could be reduced.
“I’m 19-years-old, and I still have a whole life ahead of me, and take that into account, and I can do more good than evil,” said Lavoro.