LARRY RONALD DUKE
REGISTER NUMBER: 40734-019
RELEASED ON: 03/05/2015
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This was done via a motion filed by the US - order to reduce term of imprisonment to time served.
US v Duke United States v. Duke, 954 F.2d 668 (11th Cir. 1992)
Larry Ronald Duke is LWOP POW- this means Life Without the Possibility of Parole. Larry is a 66 year old man who has served 24 years of his two life-without-parole sentences for a marijuana-only conspiracy.
Larry 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 incarceration 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