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89-year-old WWII veteran Leo Sharp hoping to avoid jail for huge cocaine haul

The elderly man is set to be sentenced on his 90th birthday for transporting more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine across the country.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 30, 2014 at 1:26 PM   |   Comments

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., April 30 (UPI) -- An 89-year-old World War II veteran will be sentenced on his 90th birthday in Detroit federal court after allegedly transporting more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine across the country.

Leo Sharp of Michigan City, Ind., was caught with more than 200 pounds of cocaine on Interstate 94 in 2011, and prosecutors determined that it was not his first time transporting the drug across the U.S. while serving as a mule for an Arizona drug ring.

Sharp, who pleaded guilty last fall, is set to be sentenced on May 7.

The veteran’s attorney, Darryl Goldberg, is hopeful that his client will be sentenced to home confinement because of his age and health.

“He is a colorful, self-made, charitable man who has worked hard throughout this entire admirable, extraordinary, and long life,” Goldberg wrote in a court memo. “Mr. Sharp made a monumental mistake at a moment of perceived financial weakness, and was exploited and threatened, but his conduct in this case was truly an aberration from a law-abiding life.”

Goldberg also noted that Sharp was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

Prosecutors are believed to be seeking a five-year sentence.

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