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United States v. Larry Duke (Life Without Parole)

posted Mar 25, 2015, 10:07 PM by The Editor

Larry Ronald Duke was convicted of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana –and attempted possession with the intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

In 1989, Larry and co-conspirators purchased marijuana from a government confidential informant–who had a prior marijuana arrest. Undercover officers set up the sale, and arrested Duke and his co-conspirators after delivering 4,800 pounds of marijuana to them.

Larry is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam with Delta Company 1st Battalion, 7th Marine regiment. Mr. Duke has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to his military service in Vietnam.

“While I was there, I often thought I would probably die in a firefight in Viet Nam, and then later, I thought maybe I’d catch a streamer while sky-diving and crash and burn. Or perhaps, lose control of a car at a very high rate of speed, but never in my wildest dreams have I ever imagined I’d die in prison.”
–Larry Ronald Duke, Jesup Federal Correctional Institution, Jesup, Georgia, April 27, 2013.
Larry has been incarcerated since 1989. Prior to his arrest Larry was a carpenter and inventor. Larry continues to work on engineering problems in prison. Larry Duke obtained a federal patent for a clean water-delivery system while serving his life sentence.

Larry has a wife, two children, two grandsons, and a large extended family who needs him home. Larry fervently wishes that Congress will “opt to give some degree of hope of our having one more shot of Tequila, and one more slow dance with Sheila before we go.” –Larry Ronald Duke, Jesup Federal Correctional Institution, Jesup, Georgia, April 27, 2013.

United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Richard Williams, William Scott Hames, Defendants-appellants.united States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Larry Ronald Duke, Defendant-appellant, 954 F.2d 668 (11th Cir. 1992)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - 954 F.2d 668 (11th Cir. 1992)
Feb. 27, 1992

UPDATE: Larry Ronald Duke IS A FREE MAN!!!

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FCI JESUP

FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
FEDERAL SATELLITE LOW
2680 301 SOUTH
JESUP, GA 31599

Race: White Sex: M
Release Date: MARCH 6, 2015!!! (PREVIOUSLY LWOP)
DOB: 1947  Age: 68

Larry Ronald Duke WAS LWOP POW- this means Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Larry is a 68 year old man who has served 26 years of his two life-without-parole sentences for a marijuana-only conspiracy ~ HE WALKED AWAY FROM PRISON A SOMEWHAT FREE MAN ~ PROBATION FOR A DECADE BUT ON THE OUTSIDE ALL THE SAME!!!

We were lucky enough to hear from Larry on THSI Radio on Sunday, March 8, 2015, just 72 hours after he walked away from prison.  Larry said he was in his old house-robe which his wife had saved along with his other clothes & shoes.  He said it was like "stepping back in time."  You can listen to the archived show here.

Because No One Should Go To Jail For A Plant!

http://www.thsintl.org

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