ROUND ROCK, TX–A Texas family is visibly distraught after 19-year-old Jacob Lavoro was charged with a first-degree felony last week.
Joe Lavoro, the young man’s father, shared his outrage with KHON. “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!”
Because of a technicality, what would normally be a misdemeanor could potentially lead to life in prison if Lavoro is convicted.
Jacob Lavoro, who had a clean record prior to his arrest, was making brownies with hash oil and then selling them. Since weighing the weed separately wasn’t an option, the state was allowed to use the sugar, cocoa, butter and other ingredients to determine the weight of the drugs.
“It’s outrageous. It’s crazy. I don’t understand it,” Joe Lavoro lamented. Lavoro’s attorney Jack Holmes couldn’t wrap his head around the severity of the sentence either, even though he’s been a lawyer for 22 years and a police officer for 10.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Holmes said. “They’ve weighed baked goods in this case. It ought to be a misdemeanor.”
Joe Lavoro and his son are fighting the charge, and are only asking for the sentence to be proportional to his crime.
“If he did something wrong, he should be punished but to the extent that makes sense. This is illogical. I’m really upset, and I’m frightened, I’m frightened for my son,” Joe Lavoro said.