First Time Offender John Knock is Serving Life for Marijuana

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First time offender John Knock is serving Life for Marijuana

First time offender John Knock is serving Life for Marijuana

Life for Pot Marijuana Prisoners: John Knock #11150-017
Offense:
Conspiracy to import, Conspiracy to distribute, Conspiracy to money launder. Non-violent marijuana only.
Sentence: 2 Life Terms Plus 20 Years
Incarcerated Since: 1996
Priors: None, first time offender
DOB: 9-18-1947
Family: 1 Son plus a large extended family

About Life for Pot Prisoner John Knock and His Case

John Knock is a non violent first time marijuana offender.
He was convicted in a dry conspiracy where no marijuana was actually found. As in all conspiracy cases, no actual evidence is required for a conviction, only the testimony of others who are trying to avoid prison time themselves.  In other words, all that is required for a conviction in a conspiracy case is the testimony of people who have huge, life preserving incentives to lie.

The conspiracy was developed through a reverse sting operation that was instigated by the DEA and
prosecutors using an indicted fugitive who was trying to avoid prison time by “cooperating” with authorities. John had never known this individual, but he was acquainted with one of the individuals indicted in this reverse sting when she lived near him back in the 1970s.

First time offender John Knock, serving Life for Marijuana, with sister beth Curtis of LIfeforPot.com

First time offender John Knock, serving Life for Marijuana, with sister Beth Curtis of LIfeforPot.com

As he had not done anything wrong or had anything to do with this conspiracy, John chose to go to trial instead of taking a plea. Even though everyone is entitled to a fair trial, those who choose this route are usually given sentences 6 times greater than those who are offered a plea and “cooperate.” You don’t actually have to be involved in the crime to be tried and convicted in a conspiracy case. Hence, John Knock, a first time offender, ended up with not one, but two life sentences.

This sting was in northern Florida, which is a place where John had never lived and never worked.  Nonetheless, John Knock is serving a sentence of TWO Life Terms PLUS 20 Years (because apparently a single life sentence was just not enough in the government’s eyes to protect society of first time offender who never hurt anyone).

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