Tyrone Brown, 33, is now serving a life sentence for testing positive for marijuana while on probation for a $2 holdup he committed when he was 17. Brown’s harsh sentence received national attention after his story appeared in the Dallas Morning News and on the TV show 20/20.
As a result, Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill recently appealed to Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) to free Brown. Hill said Keith Dean, the judge who sentenced Brown and in November failed in his reelection bid for the first time in nearly 20 years, contacted him to seek Brown’s release but was reluctant to initiate the process personally. It is unclear when Gov. Perry may make a decision.
Source: Marijuana Policy Report, Volume 13, Number 1- Spring 2007 p. 6