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Hearing For Texas Teen Facing Life For Pot Brownies
19-year-old Jacob Lavoro sits in court, anxiously waiting for the judge to call on him.
"Worried and nervous."
He learned his case will be presented to a grand jury for indictment in two weeks, and the long awaited lab report are in.
Revealing just how much hash the brownies he is accused of making to sell contain.
"I don't have it yet, but he's advised me he's going to get that to me as soon as possible, is that right?"
Back in April, a pregnant neighbor called Round Rock Police saying the smell of drugs coming from his apartment made her sick. Officers say Lavoro made pot brownies that contained THC or Hash Oil. So officers weighed the brownies in their container and charged Lavoro with having nearly one and half pounds of drugs, a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of 10 years to life.
According to affidavit, they also confiscated THC in a container, $1,600 and an apparent client list.
"Mr. McDonald advised that there was a total amount of 2.5 grams of THC found in all of that stuff. I expected a little bit more out of it, but that's what it is. That's about the equivalent to two and a half of those sugar things you find at a restaurant when you sit down."
Holmes now wants the charges reduced to a second-degree felony, based on the actual amount of drugs found. Punishable by two to 20 or probation.
He's not holding his breath, but Lavoro's supporters are optimistic. They delivered a petition with more than 243,000 signatures to the DA's office requesting charges be reduced.
First Assistant DA Mark Brunner says, "Lavoro is already facing a second-degree felony charge, so it is likely his charge could be reduced, but he points out it's not because of public outcry, it's just procedure."
"That I'm 19-years-old, and I still have a whole life ahead of me, and take that into account, and I can do more good than evil."