Jacob Lavoro, 19, is facing a possible life sentence in jail for cooking brownies that included marijuana and hash oil.
Lavoro was arrested in April for allegedly selling the brownies for $25. A pregnant neighbor reportedly smelled Lavoro cooking something and called the police. Lavoro was charged with multiple felonies, which range from five years to life, reports the Associated Press (video below).
Lavoro's attorney Jack Holmes told the media this week that new lab results show just 2.5 grams of THC were found in the brownies. In comparison, people in Colorado can legally sell goods with 10 milligrams of THC. However, hash oil has higher concentrations of THC.
Lavoro is on trial in Williamson County, Tx., which is known to be very conservative and tough on crime.
"I'm scared. Very scared," Lavoro told the press. "I'm 19 years old and still have a whole life ahead of me. Take that into account."
However, District Attorney Mark Brunner claims his office is not seeking a life sentence, and that he offered Lavaro a lesser felony charge without jail time in a plea deal.
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Holmes countered that the plea deal was turned down because of the possible harsh consequences if Lavaro missed one required meeting.
"Why we're proceeding, you know, with a trial on this is kind of beyond me but [the prosecutor] advised me that he wasn't going to go away with the case," Holmes told KVUE.
"I think [the prosecutors] so arrogant, and they're used to getting everything they want when they want it, and judging by his attitude, [the prosecutor's] attitude [Wednesday] afternoon, [he would not] shake my hand. So no, he's not going to come off that," added Holmes.
Lavoro's supporters brought a petition with more than 200,000 signatures to the District Attorney's Office calling for the charges to be scaled down.