DA Jana Duty: Stop a life sentence for pot brownies
  • Petitioned Jana Duty

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District Attorney, Williamson County
Jana Duty

DA Jana Duty: Stop a life sentence for pot brownies

    1. Robert Butler
    2. Petition by

      Robert Butler

      Round Rock, TX

August 2014


On August 26th, the pot brownie charge that Jason was facing - a 1st degree felony because law enforcement counted the complete weight of flour, sugar, and even the containers - was dropped. Jason no longer faces a life in prison sentence. I want to thank the thousands of people who signed my petition on Change.org for empowering me to make a difference in my community. We received support in Texas from places as far away as Israel and New Zealand, and it never would have happened without your help.

Jacob Lavoro is a teenager facing life in prison for baking marijuana brownies in Round Rock, Texas. He's a young man who has never been in trouble with the law before, and has always been a great kid who we love very much. I started the petition because I live in the same city as Jacob Lavoro and I felt a responsibility to help stand up for him. Our county has a history of excessively punishing minor crimes or even innocent people to "send a message" that has little do with justice or the best interests of the community.

In this case, the sentencing rules are being abused and stretched to increase a punishment that does not fit the allegations.  The police apparently included the full weight of the brownies: flour, sugar, water, etc and the plastic containers that held them to determine the weight of the illegal hash oil used to bake the brownies.

If our petition can convince Jana Duty, the District Attorney in Williamson County, to follow through on her campaign promises to clean up Williamson County's justice system and offer alternative sentencing options then we hope that there will be justice for Jacob Lavoro and that county residents can breathe easier under a less oppressive atmosphere.  

If Jacob Lavoro receives a harsh sentence, it will destroy this young man's life and leave a permanent mark of injustice in Williamson County, Texas. Please join us today to stand up against unfair sentencing and ruining a young man's life. Sign and share the petition today! 

Jana Duty, District Attorney, Williamson County
You promised to “restore integrity to the Williamson County District Attorney’s office" and use alternative sentencing. Please reduce Jacob's charges to misdemeanor possession.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 200,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ron Youngblood WONDER LAKE, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      Marijuana should be taken off the DEA list and made legal in all states and I am 63 years old.

    • Roberta Thompson SAINT CLOUD, MN
      • about 1 month ago

      Too harsh of a punishment! What about the cop who stole marijuana from evidence room, baked brownies for him and his wife? It's not murder for Pete's sake!!!!

    • Liberty Goodwin PROVIDENCE, RI
      • about 1 month ago

      A life sentence for this - what an embarrassment to Texas?=!

    • Brittney Hensley STONEY FORK, KY
      • about 1 month ago


    • Audra Azzinaro WELLINGTON, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      There are worse crimes out there than to prosecute a young teenager for making a bad choice.


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