ROUND ROCK (KXAN) — The Round Rock teen facing life in prison for baking and selling pot brownies had his first court appearance on Thursday. Attorneys for 19-year-old Jacob Lavoro say prosecutors are unfairly considering eggs and brownie mix when they weigh the drugs.
Friends, family and complete strangers gathered in solidarity for Lavoro outside the courthouse.
“Justice for Jacob!” was chanted throughout the afternoon.
“I don’t know him at all,” said Emma Hale. “But he lives 20 miles from me and he’s a year younger, and it’s ridiculous that this injustice is happening.”
Court documents show the teen admitted to baking and selling pot brownies for $25. Now he faces life in prison.
“You never would believe something like this can happen to your family,” said Jacob’s father, Joseph. “And when it does, we had such a horrible feeling of loneliness, we were paralyzed, didn’t know what to do.”
“I hope for my charges to be dismissed. That’s the ultimate hope,” Jacob said.
Advocates working to end marijuana prohibition spoke out at the rally, saying, “We do not want taxpayer dollars wasted on nonviolent crimes. We want our tax dollars spent on rape, assault, burglary, murder.”
Support for Jacob extends far beyond Williamson County. People from around the world have joined together on social media, using hashtags like #Justice4Jacob.
In court, Lavoro turned down a plea deal for second degree felony. His lawyer, Jack Holmes, wants to get it down to a misdemeanor or go to trial.
“We’re going to fight this to the end, however long it goes,” said Holmes.
Jacob knows the outcome is out of his hands, “Let it up to faith and my lawyer.”
Jacob’s lawyer is also filing a motion to dismiss all the evidence, because he says police entered Lavoro’s apartment illegally.
Lavoro is expected in court in August.