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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.


  • dozr

    this is why we need a blanket legalization of at least pot, but honestly all drugs should be legal, let adults have the right of conciseness. If that means breaking a few eggs on the way shit happens.

    • Libertarian

      More eggs get broken in prison anyways.

      • dozr

        or you turn non violent criminals into violent criminals
        or broaden the skill set of petty criminals

        • Libertarian

          Yep nothing turns a non violent person violent like constant abuse while locked in a cage.

  • Christmas Bud

    Texas I used to look up to you as a foundation for what America is and is supposed to be, but anymore you are just another Nazi Germany. People have the right to put what ever they want into their body and you have no say in the matter whatsoever. I’d rather see a person smoking a joint than a cigarette, because I know at least the second hand smoke off of that isn’t going to give a four year old lung cancer. Prohibition doesn’t work in any sense of the idea, you of all states should know that.

  • Robert Coleman

    I live in Washington where pot is legal and I work at night in Tacoma. Never had a problem with a pot head. Drunks are still 99% of the problems. I’d take a junkie over a drunk, the only thing worse than alcohol is probably meth and that’s iffy. Putting people in jail for pot is insane and a true indicator that this is nowhere near a free country.

  • Simon Randall

    Look, we disowned Williamson County a long time ago. They are crooked, severe, and they can all go to hell.

    • Guest

      Hi, Jaime Staalenburg. How are you doing?

    • Guest

      FYI Jaime Staalenburg — You’re not anonymous on the internet just because you change your screen name.