Marijuana Prisoners, De-Facto Life Sentence: Parker Antron Coleman #26110-058
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana; money laundering
Sentence: 60 years
Incarcerated Since: 2010
Priors: Possession of marijuana
Date of Birth: 10-5-1985
Family: Unmarried, no children.
De-Facto Life for Marijuana: About Parker Coleman and His Case
Like many people serving egregiously long sentences for marijuana, Parker Coleman is the victim of America’s conspiracy laws, where it takes no actual evidence to get a conviction, just the testimony of others who are “cooperating” in order to avoid prison time.
Parker himself was never caught with any marijuana. In the entire case, only one person got caught with 26 pounds of weed and that one person was not even on Coleman’s 21 person indictment. Out of those 21 people, Parker was only acquainted with 2 of them.
At trial, no witnesses testified they had ever bought marijuana from Coleman. There was no violence involved in this case, although the police recovered 3 licensed guns from others in the case (who had concealed weapons permits). The guns did not belong to Coleman and he even passed a DNA test (with a 99% negative result) to prove that.
Like others who take their cases to trial, as opposed to “cooperating” and testifying against others, Parker Coleman ended up with an extremely long sentence. Unless he receives clemency, he will be in his 80s by the time he is released from prison.