Court Reduces Arellano-Felix Life Sentence to 23.5 Years

It was a huge deal back in 2007 when Francisco Javier Arrellano-Felix was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2014, the judge reduced it to 23.5 years. All was sealed until this week when the Judge released a 9 page order denying a request by Arellano-Felix's lawyer to reduce it more, adage the government was too stingy with its 40% reduction for cooperation.

Arellano-Felix has been held in brutal conditions and 23 hours a day lockdown for most of the time, although he's flown around the country and to Mexico with the DEA to cooperate. The Judge acknowledges the harsh conditions, but quotes a line from a Merle Haggard song, "And the joint [is] a terrible house to be." [More...]

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