(CNN) — Life in prison…for POT BROWNIES?!
That’s the sentence a Texas man faces if he’s convicted — because officials have charged him with a first-degree felony.
The former high school football player has a squeaky clean record — and the fact that he’s facing a potential life sentence is something that has his family and his attorney outraged.
“It’s outrageous. It’s crazy. I don’t understand it,” Joe Lavoro said.
Lavoro can’t undestand why his son is in so much legal trouble.
The first of what may be many court appearances for Jacob Lavoro was Thursday morning, May 15th.
The 19-year-old is accused of making and selling “pot brownies.”
Lavoro’s lawyer is outraged his client has been charged with a first degree felony.
“I was outraged. 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,” Lavoro’s attorney, Jack Holmes said.
The charge is so severe because the recipe for the pot brownies includes hash oil.
That allows the state to use the sugar, cocoa, butter and other ingredients to determine the weight of the drugs.
“They’ve weighed baked goods in this case. It ought to be a misdemeanor,” Holmes said.
Holmes says he’s prepared to fight.
Lavoro’s father just wants what’s right.
“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 Lavaro said.