August 12, 2020

Black Veteran Serving Life In Prison For Selling Less Than $30 Worth Of Marijuana Will Be Released Soon

Derek Harris was given life in prison in 2008 for selling less than $30 of marijuana, his attorney says he will be released soon.

Photo: Derek Harris was given life in prison for selling less than $30 of marijuana.

(CNN) – A military veteran serving a life sentence for selling less than $30 worth of marijuana will soon be released from prison, his attorney said.

Derek Harris, who was arrested in 2008 in Louisiana for selling an officer .69 grams of marijuana, was recently resentenced to time served. He’s already served nine years in prison.

Photo: Derek Harris

Initially, Harris was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was resentenced in 2012 to life in prison under the Habitual Offender Law, which allows judges to impose stricter sentences on someone who’s been charged before.

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