Mississippi court upholds life sentence for pot possession
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld a life sentence for marijuana possession because a man had previous convictions and those made him a habitual offender.
Allen Russell was sentenced to life in Forrest County in 2019. A jury found him guilty of possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana.
In Mississippi, a person can get life without parole after serving at least one year in prison on two felonies, one of which must be a violent offense.
Russell is now 38. He was convicted of two home burglaries in 2004 and for unlawful possession of a firearm in 2015.