U.S. District Judge Stephen Bough of the Western District of Missouri granted compassionate release to marijuana offender Eric Scott McCauley of Columbia, Missouri.
McCauley was sentenced in 2012 to 23 years for “conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana, distribution of marijuana and money laundering.”
However, McCauley consistently argued he’d been wrongly convicted.
“I was convicted as a first-time nonviolent marijuana offender. The quantity of marijuana I am currently serving time for was rejected by a jury of my peers. My jury refused to convict me of the 1,000-kilo quantity suggested in the indictment. Instead, returning a conviction on the lesser offense of 100 kilos. The sentencing judge overrode the jury finding, holding me responsible for …