A Mississippi court has upheld its decision to keep a man in jail, who is serving a life sentence for a marijuana bust.
According to The New York Post, a state appeals court upheld Allen Russell’s life sentence on Tuesday due to his “habitual offender” status from his history of past run-ins with the law.
The Associated Press said Mississippi state law allows for a life sentence without parole if a person has spent a year in prison on two separate felony charges, where at least one is a violent offense.
Russell fits that criteria as he has spent more than eight years in prison on two home burglary charges and spent another two years in the clink after a conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm.
He is currently in prison for a 2017 conviction for possessing 1.5 ounces of marijuana.