A Texas teen arrested last week for baking and selling marijuana-laced brownies in Austin could face a life a sentence.
Jacob Lavoro, 19, was charged with a first-degree felony, which carries a sentence of five years to life. Texas state law allows him to be prosecuted for the weight of the entire product, which in this case means flour, sugar, eggs and anything else in the recipe could be counted towards the total weight of the hash oil used.
Lavoro, a former high school football player, had reportedly never been arrested before the April drug bust.
“It’s outrageous. It’s crazy. I don’t understand it,” his father Joe Lavoro told KHON2.
Lavoro’s attorney Jack Holmes agrees.
"I was outraged," Holmes told KEYE-TV. "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."
"They've weighed baked goods in this case and they made it a first-degree felony, when it ought to be a misdemeanor," he added.
"Five years to life?” his father said. “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!"
"If he did something wrong, he should be punished — but to the extent that makes sense," he added. "This is illogical. I’m really upset, and I’m frightened, I’m frightened for my son."