Teen Faces Life Sentence for Pot Brownies

Jacob Lavoro, 19, has been charged with a first-degree felony and faces 5 years to life in prison.
1:42 | 05/21/14

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stunningly harsh sentence for a Texas teen accused of selling brownies laced with pot. Ryan Owens has more on the punishment that doesn't seem to fit the crime. Reporter: This morning, 19-year-old Jacob lavoro from just north of Austin, could be facing up to life in prison for allegedly baking and selling pot brownies. I don't understand it. Reporter: Joe lavoro can't believe prosecutors have charged his son with a first-degree felony. If convicted, this former high school football player with a clean record, facing five years to life behind bars. I'm a law-abiding citizen. I'm a conservative. But this is wrong. I've been doing this 22 years as a lawyer. I have ten years as a police officer. And I have never seen anything like this before. Reporter: Prosecutors say the charges so severe because of lavoro's brownie recipe. You see, he didn't use regular pot. He allegedly mixed in hash oil. Under Texas law, that thc oil can be treated like a far more serious narcotic, ecstasy. Because a few drops of oil were cooked in, police weighed the brownie batch, sugar, and flour, and charged him with possessing a pound and a half of drugs. If he did something wrong, he should be punished. But to the extent that makes sense. This is illogical. I'm really upset. Reporter: Lavoro has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors are not backing down. The teen is due back in court next month. For "Good morning America," Ryan Owens, ABC news, Dallas.

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