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Texas teen could get life sentence for pot brownies

Posted at 1:27 PM, May 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-21 13:38:38-04

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.