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Aurora man gets 55 years in prison for killing teen over marijuana

Published On: 06-08-2018 in Category: drugs

Aurora man gets 55 years in prison for killing teen over marijuana

A 23-year-old man from Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, was sentenced to 55 years in state prison for killing a teenager of the same city over a small amount of marijuana in November 2015. In March this year, Leon Williams had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

The prison term, given by a Kane County Circuit judge on May 24, 2018, includes a compulsory 25-year enhancement as Williams had personally fired at 19-year-old Daniel Sanchez, causing him to bleed to death, according to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney William Engerman said that Sanchez agreed to sell a small amount of weed to Williams and a third individual in November 2015. The three men travelled in a car to the 600 block of Elmwood Drive in Aurora to finalize the drug deal.

However, on route to the location, Williams attempted to rob Sanchez of his cash and weed. Sensing dangers, Sanchez got out of the car and started running to safety. But Williams fired two shots from a .25 caliber handgun at the teen’s head and leg, and fled the scene. Sanchez died shortly after police arrived at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

According to Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, by committing the crime Williams destroyed two families, and the case highlights the serious threat that drug use poses to neighborhood in the city. “Guns and drugs are a bad combination, and violent crimes deserve severe punishment. That’s why Mr. Williams will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison,” said McMahon.

Marijuana is a popular recreational drug among teens

Marijuana use disorder in teens can lead to impaired short-term memory, poor concentration, and damaged motor coordination. Adolescent pot users tend to lose interest in academic and recreational activities, miss classes, and avoid family and friends. Moreover, for chronic pot users, the chances of failing to attend college or pursuing higher studies, and securing employment or leading a normal life are low. Experts say that early exposure to cannabinoids could alter the brain’s pleasure centers by creating a dopamine rush, resulting in dependence. Such compulsive drug-seeking urges could push teens and young adults to enter the world of gangs, which is one of the most heinous subcultures across the country.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 24 million Americans aged 12 or older in that year were current users of marijuana. The best way to fight addiction is by instilling awareness about the dangers of the drug and expanding access to the treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has neither recognized nor approved the therapeutic benefits of marijuana. It continues to be ranked as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) because of high potential for abuse.

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