GEORGETOWN, Texas -- A Round Rock man facing a possible life in prison sentence for allegedly making and selling marijuana-laced brownies went before a judge on Thursday, but he wasn't be at the courthouse alone.
Supporters rallied on the lawn of the Williamson County courthouse an hour before Lavoro's hearing began on Thursday.
Lavoro could face anywhere from five years to life in prison. Police say the maximum penalty is so high because the brownies not only contained marijuana, but hash oil, a resin made from a raw marijuana leaf.
Lavoro was arrested in the middle of April when his neighbor called police because she smelled marijuana at their apartment complex.
Police say they knocked on Lavoro's door, got permission to search his apartment and found hash oil and brownies packaged up for sale. They also found more than $1,600 and an alleged list of Lavoro's clients.
Police weighed the brownies and their ingredients, as well as the drugs, before determining the amount he had in his possession.
Lavoro told KVUE he did not give officers consent to search his home, and he's worried about what might happen next.
"It's really frightening, it really is. It's putting me in a really scary situation and honestly, I can't stop crying about it," he said.
One look at the internet and social media shows Lavoro has lots of support. A petition on Change.org called "DA Jana Duty: Stop a life sentence for pot brownies" has more than 150,000 virtual signatures. The Facebook page "Justice for Jacob Lavoro" has nearly 8,000 likes.
Organizers of Thursday's rally posted on the page, telling supporters they planned to give an overview of the case and discuss how to change Texas law.