Larry Duke ~ Life for Marijuana

Larry has been released. Welcome home. Larry was sentenced to a LIFE sentence for marijuana.

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40734-019 Delta-Bravo
JESUP, GEORGIA 31599-5676

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

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  • Adela Falk
    commented 2016-02-06 11:53:25 -0800
    Updated 10/2017
  • Dennis Boisvert
    commented 2015-02-19 17:32:22 -0800
    I just sent a note to Larry so I know who I have written to the plan is to read one story a day this way there less chance of a repeat before I get to the end of the list this will take me over a year that is something to think about before you vote unjust law is no law at all
  • Dennis Boisvert
    commented 2015-02-18 14:16:25 -0800
    unjust law makes amount irrelevant