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Teen Faces Life in Prison for Baking, selling Pot Brownies

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A 19-year-old man in Texas faces five years to life in prison if convicted of making and selling pot brownies. the severity of the potential sentence is generating outrage.

"I'm not a criminal, I'm just a kid."  Cheers erupted as 19-year-old Jacob Lavoro addressed his supporters and the media.

About a hundred of his supporters gathered outside the Williamson County, Texas Courthouse prior to a pre-trial court hearing.

They held signs, sold shirts and talked about the move to decriminalize marijuana. 

Jacob is accused of baking and selling pot brownies. He's charged with a first-degree felony and faces 5 to 99 years in prison.

Outside the courtroom, a reporter asked Jacob, "What was your first reaction when you learned you could face 99 years?"

"It was sickening to me, I first found that out when I was in jail and I almost threw up when I heard it, actually I did throw up. I turned white in my face."
Jacob's father, Joe Lavoro, agrees with his son. "Murderers get less time than that and the thought that my son could go to prison at all is something that I can't even get my head around."

In court Thursday, Jacob's attorney, Jack Holmes, filed a motion to suppress the evidence.

His attorney accuses investigators of failing to identify themselves as police officers before they entered Jacob's apartment. 

Holmes hopes to get the case thrown out.

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