90-year-old released from prison for non-violent cannabis conviction

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Federal courts granted three to 40-plus per cent of compassionate release motions, depending on the district, it notes. He has spent 15 years (other sources note 13 years) in prison for the crime, the appeal court ruling states. We are happy to announce that our constituent Horacio Raul Estrada-Elias was granted compassionate release after serving 13 years of a life sentence for cannabis. Michael Thompson, who spent 25 years in prison on a cannabis and gun-related sentence that could have stretched to 60 years, was finally released after a couple of attempts. A 90-year-old federal inmate who was convicted of a non-violent cannabis offence more than a decade ago is heading home after an appeal court rejected a lower court’s ruling to deny his motion for compassionate release.

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A 90-year-old federal inmate who was convicted of a non-violent cannabis offence more than a decade ago is heading home after an appeal court rejected a lower court’s ruling to deny his motion for compassionate release.

The denial was made this past summer when a federal judge reasoned that a life sentence, without the possibility of parole, was the only punishment for his crime “that would be appropriate and that would protect the public.”

Horacio Estrada-Elias was accused of trafficking tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana into and around the U.S., according...

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