World War 2 veteran gets 3 years prison for drug possession on his 90th birthdayBy Mason White 1:19 PM May 11, 2014
By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) An elderly war hero was slapped with a harsh prison sentence after being caught with illegal drugs, prosecutors in Michigan said.
The World War Two soldier was sentenced to three years in federal prison on Wednesday, on his 90th birthday.
According to the indictment, Leo Sharp was caught with 104 bricks of cocaine on a road near Chelsea, Michigan, after he was pulled over for an illegal lane change.
Prosecutors told the court that Sharp worked with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. Sharp was also ordered to pay a fine of $500,000.
“This was not a victimless crime. This was a very serious crime,” U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said. Edmunds gave sharp three years in prison, plus three years of supervised release.
Sharp told the judge that if he ends up in jail he will just commit suicide. Sharp received numerous medals for his service with the Army. He marched from Italy to Austria in 1944 and 1945.
Sharp suffers from dementia and other health conditions, and needs 24-hour monitoring.