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Possible life sentence for pot brownies

Possible life sentence for pot brownies

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Round Rock, TX - A Texas man faces a life sentence following an illegal bake sale of sorts. The 19 year old male is facing a life in prison after Round rock police found 1.5 pounds of brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil inside his apartment.  

Jacob Lavoro was arrested back in April after police say they also discovered 16 ounces of marijuana, nearly $2,000 in cash, and a cell phone detailing each transaction.

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.