Military veteran serving a life sentence for selling less than $30 worth of marijuana will soon be released from prison.
Derek Harris, was arrested in 2008 in Louisiana for selling an officer 0.69 grams of marijuana. He was recently resentenced to time served after spending 9 years in prison.
Initially, Harris was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Louisiana Supreme Court agreed with Harris’ argument claiming he had “ineffective assistance of counsel at sentencing on post-conviction review.”
He also noted that Harris had a substance abuse problem that started when he returned from Desert Storm, a US military operation during the Gulf War launched in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer noted that the trial judge said that Harris was “not a drug kingpin” and didn’t fit what they thought of “as a drug dealer.”