Elderly drug mule sentenced to prison on 90th birthday

05/08/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – An elderly man, who received a three-year federal prison sentence on his 90th birthday is seeking to delay his punishment. As reported by the Detroit Free Press (AP), convicted drug mule Leo Sharp threatened to kill himself over the sentence and said he regretted transporting cocaine for a Mexican drug cartel.

Sharp is quoted as stating to the judge, “I’m really heartbroken I did what I did. But it’s done…I won’t live in prison, I’m just going to end my life if I end up there.”

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said due to the nature of his crime, she could find no justification for not sending Sharp to prison, stating, “It’s not a victimless crime… This is a huge drug operation, and Mr. Sharp was right in the middle of it.”

Edmunds further stated, “It would be weak for me to say, ‘Well, he’s an old man…’ I think respect for the law requires there be some custody in this case.”

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