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Houston Woman Convicted for Life in Federal Prison

By Law Offices of Q. Tate Williams, P.C.  Jun. 17, 2013 11:59a

A 56 year-old Houston woman was convicted three years ago to life in federal prison without parole for drug trafficking. The woman, E.C., still maintains her innocence today in the crime of conspiracy to smuggle large quantities of cocaine into the country. As the manager of a tour bus company which transported the cocaine from Mexico to Houston, she contends that she was tricked into the scheme by the trafficker. Because she had no inside information which might have reduced the charges or the sentencing, her sentence was worse than those penalties given to many drug lords facing similar charges in this country. She refused to plead guilty to the crime and thus her case went to a jury trial, where she was convicted. Never accused of getting rich off the illegal proceeds of her crime or being involved in other drug-related crimes, she was convicted as a first-offender.

The woman, now a 56 year-old grandmother, faces remaining for the rest of her life in a federal prison, which has no parole. In the Southern District of Texas, more than 1700 defendants were prosecuted on federal drug charges in 2010. More than 93 percent of these people pleaded guilty. In ten cases, the defendants were acquitted. 82 of the cases ended in a dismissal.

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