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Teen faces possible life in prison for pot brownies

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ROUND ROCK, Texas (WHDH) - A Texas teenager could face the same penalty as a murderer over charges he sold brownies laced with pot.

Prosecutors want to charge Jacob Lavoro, 19, with first-degree felony drug charges. They said he refined marijuana leaves into a concentrated oil.

Lovoro could face from five years to life in prison, the same penalty as a murderer, if he is found guilty.

In an interview with a Texas TV station, his first since being released from jail, Lovoro spoke about his fears for the future.

"From the spokes up, I want to design bikes and if it comes out to be a first-degree felony the chances of me being able to succeed with my goals are slim," said Lovoro.

Lovoro spent nearly a month in jail, accused of making and selling pot brownies.

According to court documents, the teen admitted to police he buys the marijuana and then bakes and sells the brownies for $25 each.

Many are supporting Lovoro and believe even if he is guilty, the punishment should not be this severe.

A Facebook page was created, along with a fund, where more than $4,000 has been donated to help with expenses including the $3,000 it cost to bail him out of jail.

"I can't see past this right now," Lovoro said.

Lovoro's father says at this point, he doesn't believe his son is not guilty.

"I'm afraid. I'm frightened for this kid. I'm frightened for our whole family," said Joe Lovoro, Jacob's father.

The hardest part, they said, is the thought of Jacob behind bars for this while other criminals accused of much more violent crimes could get less of a punishment.

The assistant district attorney in Williamson County, Texas released a statement that reads in part:

"As prosecutors we are bound by what the law is, not what the law should be or could be. In Texas, possession of THC oil is illegal, whether it is sitting in a tiny jar or the shelf or baked into a big batch of brownies, it is illegal -- period. Unless the law changes, we will continue to prosecute such cases."
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