By German Lopez for Vox. A Louisiana man was sentenced to 50 years in prison without a chance for parole on Tuesday. The cause for such a strong sentence? Attempting to sell heroin on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.
But in handing down the decision for Kedric Williams, District Judge Mike Erwin said his sentence wasn’t harsh enough. As Joe Gyan Jr. reported for the Advocate, Erwin said he would have preferred to sentence Williams to life in prison — a sentence that isn’t possible for heroin dealing in Louisiana, which in 2001 lowered the maximum penalty for heroin trafficking from life to 50 years.
“I am aware that the change in the sentencing provisions is not the only factor involved in the rise of heroin,” Erwin said, “but I also know that when the penalty was life imprisonment, we didn’t have as many heroin dealers and users on every street corner selling this poison to our citizens.”