Judge feels remorse for doling out 55-year marijuana sentence

by Ted Hesson

 

Weldon Angelos went to prison at age 24 and may not see freedom until he’s a senior citizen — all for three marijuana charges.

The retired federal judge who sentenced Angelos in 2002 now says justice wasn’t served.

Paul Cassell, a former federal judge in the Utah circuit, spoke to ABC News:

“If he had been an aircraft hijacker, he would have gotten 24 years in prison. If he’s been a terrorist, he would have gotten 20 years in prison. If he was a child rapist, he would have gotten 11 years in prison. And now I’m supposed to give him a 55-year sentence? I mean, that’s just not right,” Cassell said.

 

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