GEORGETOWN -- An hour before Jacob Lavoro was set to appear in court more than 50 people rallied outside.
"Justice for Jacob! Justice for Jacob!" they chanted.
"I never would have expected for this to get this big or this word wide. Its really making me feel more comfortable but more overwhelmed," said Lavoro.
On April 14, 2014 a neighbor called Round Rock police to Lavoro's apartment because she smelled marijuana. Inside police found marijuana, THC brownies, cookies and hash oil, which carries harsher penalties because of its potency. Officers say Lavoro had been selling the brownies for $25 each. The law allows officers to weigh anything used to dilute the drug itself.
Lavoro is charged with having about one and a half pounds of drugs, punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison.
"What if it was your kid," Jax Finkel said to the crowd.
Among his supporters is Frank Dorval, who says life in prison is too harsh. A man molested his child in Williamson County in 2005 and got probation.
"Worked with the DA's officer here in this courthouse and was told the guy was going away for multiple years. The day that he was supposed to be sentenced, they took and gave him probation," Dorval said.
"Jacob has already served 26 days in jail. Does that fit the crime? Should a rapist get probation and a non-violent drug offender get 36 days in jail already," added Finkel.
During the proceeding In court the judge set a new court date for August and Lavoro's lawyer Jack Holmes filed a motion to suppress, claiming the officers illegally entered Lavoro's home.
"Soon as they opened the door they claimed to smell the odor of marijuana, which in their mind gave them the right to go into the house and search everything and seize everything illegal that they find. That's not the law," Holmes said.
He hopes that's enough to get the case thrown out, if not he wants Lavoro to be charged based soley on the amount of THC, not the brownies.
The county is waiting on a lab report with that information and offered Lavoro a deal in the iterim that would reduce the punishment to between two and 20 years. Lavoro and his attorney declined, saying they'd rather waiting for the lab results.
"As soon as we get that we're going to know exactly how much THC was in that house and how much wasn't," said Holmes. "Now how much are we going to have in there? I'm thinking about 7 grams is what we've figured out and 7 grams would make it a second degree felony."
Holmes says if the case isn't thrown out and the lab report shows grams of THC, not a pound and a half, he will ask the DA to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor because of Lavoro's age and the effect having a felony on his record would cause.
"I'm not a criminal, I'm just a kid. I'm only 19-years-old, and they think I'm an adult. But honestly I don't know my *** from my elbow," said Lavoro.
A misdemeanor punishment would range from two to 20 years or probation.
Lavoro's next court date is Aug. 6, 2014.
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