Missouri man largely owes his release to the Canna Convict Project and a ruling by a circuit judge
A Missouri man who was slapped with a sentence of 20-plus years in prison for selling weed has been released on parole, thanks in large part to the efforts of the activist group, Canna Convict Project.
Seth Wiggington, 32, had his sentence for drug distribution reduced by Judge Daniel Kellogg of the 5th Judicial Circuit Court in Missouri earlier this year because of a statute that allows judges to retain jurisdiction over specific cases.
Judge Kellogg ruled that Wiggington could serve his sentences concurrently, as opposed to consecutively, and he was subsequently released from prison in early March. Wiggington was found guilty of drug distribution charges in 2016.
He was originally sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2014 on charges of distributing, manufacturing, delivery or producing a controlled substance with intent. Although that sentence was suspended and Wigginton was placed on probation, he pleaded guilty to the same charge in 2016, negating his parole and earning him an extra decade-long sentence.
“I am still in shock, really, that it’s actually going to happen because we lived this nightmare, what I call a nightmare, for the last three and a half years,” his mother told 41 Action News last month.
Wigginton largely owes his release to the activist group, Canna Convict Project. The project works “to assist our Missouri nonviolent cannabis inmates with their release from prison” and to “create an exit plan that will assist them as they reintegrate back into society,” it noted.
“I just always thought it’s just weed, you know, it’s not gonna be that bad and I never thought I’d get 23 years,” Wiggington told News Press Now. “But it was really an eye-opening experience for me as far as getting the 23 years because I realized that it is that serious and I was taking life for granted.”
Missouri is known for having some of the tougher cannabis laws in the U.S. Although medical cannabis is legal in the state, adult-use cannabis remains prohibited.
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Written by Emma Spears