Medical Marijuana Distributor Sentenced To 22-Year Prison Term Wins 8-Year Reduction

The ringleader of a huge, Southern California medical marijuana distribution network has won a whopping 94-month reduction in his punishment, according to federal court records reviewed by OC Weekly.

In July 2013, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna sentenced John Melvin Walker to a term of 262 months in prison, but this week amended the punishment to a term of 168 months for the conspiracy and efforts to evade federal tax obligations.

Selna's dramatic move, done after a secret, April 8 filing by Walker-defense attorney Kate Corrigan, came without public explanation.

Asked why the change, Corrigan initially gave a one-word answer: "Justice."

Later, she explained the reduction was the result of "months of work and effort" to get the court to "revisit" the sentence and arrive at a "just result."

"Mr. Walker is relieved that his sentence has been reduced by almost 100 months," Corrigan said. "He looks forward to reuniting with his family. In the event that the sentencing guidelines are further revisited, I intend to seek further relief for him."

Assistant United States Attorney Christine S. Bautista, the lead prosecutor on the case, did not respond to a request for comment.

Walker, 57, is presently housed at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.

Both of Selna's sentencing orders require Walker to pay the government restitution of nearly $4.3 million.

Prison officials apparently remain unaware of the punishment reduction because they continue to list the inmate's release date as April 2032.

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taidodinh
taidodinh

that 14 years of his life now his family got to suppose themself because of old fart is drugs dealer now who more stupid he is 57 n serving 14 year equal 71 that when he get out better to buy a coffin early u wont survive in till 71 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Both of Selna's sentencing orders require Walker to pay the government restitution of nearly $4.3 million.

If Mary Jane isn't a government operation then why does he have to pay them 4.3 mill? It's a natural plant that cures things.

xpresspage
xpresspage

America at it's best again, hurting people for Marijuana. So sad what they are doing to good people over a plant. Lets unite and stand up against this Government.

robincook
robincook

Another Marijuana related death to ignore.

“Authorities say a Wyoming college student who jumped to his death from a Denver hotel balcony ate more than the recommended serving of a marijuana cookie.”…. “An autopsy report from the March 11 incident lists marijuana intoxication as a significant contributing factor in the death.”

Pongi's friends tried to restrain him before he left the room and jumped to his death, police said.

One of his friends told investigators it may have been his first time using the drug -- the only one toxicology tests found in his system. All three friends said they did not purchase or take any other drugs during their stay. “

applemutt
applemutt

Notice his fines didn't get reduced.  It's all about money.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Why does a person who distributes medical marijuana get more time in jail than a sexual predator? I call that a grave injustice.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@xpresspage  I think what upset the feds the most was that this guy was not giving the government what it wanted as its take of the medical marijuana income.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@robincook  

No one's ignoring anything, Robin. And may I point out the gentlemen who died "ate MORE than the recommended serving."...it's right there in the article you posted! But, of course, in your opinion, none of that matters because this man's demise can be affiliated in some way with marijuana use and you just have to wave it in the faces of level-minded folks who are in favor of legalization.


Oh, by the way, what's the "recommended dose" when consuming hard liquor? There is none because who cares...it's only alcohol, right?

Justin_Khase
Justin_Khase

The Powers That Be really don't care who you **** as long as it isn't them.

bracks45
bracks45

@fishwithoutbicycle  yeah it makes no sense but im sure they were getting him on tax evasion more than anything. still makes no sense to me though


xpresspage
xpresspage

@rscottmoxley @xpresspage  I have to agree with you. The FEDS always want a piece of EVERYTHING. So if they had been "paid" everything would be ok? I once was fined by the city for sign I had posted on the street, the City said it was "hazardous" to people views as they were driving, BUT if I wanted to pay and get a city permit for my sign, then they would allow it.....

That is what we are letting America become with all our excuses people. Wake up, STOP making excuses and Stand up for your rights, unless you like being followers...

xpresspage1
xpresspage1

@sweetliberty1776177 @xpresspage  Hello friend, I never stated "pot" doesnt alter the mind. I honestly don't know how you got that from my comment. Off course Marijuana (pot) alters the mind.

robincook
robincook

@fishwithoutbicycle @robincook

I’m not making any comparisons between marijuana vs alcohol use.

The only point I am making is that marijuana use is not 100 percent safe with no accountable injuries or deaths directly related to its use.


And for alcohol there is a maximum use and it is as hard to enforce as drug use.


" level-minded folks "  Is that what we are calling liars using false facts to back up their opinions?

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@bracks45

You're probably right...it's about the tax evasion.

"Don't steal. The government hates competition." 

robincook
robincook

@mmenigma @robincook

Where did you get your doctor degree?

"We don't know as much about it as we need to know," Dr Riggs said, "but it's unequivocal that it increases risk."

Read more: Marijuana edibles in spotlight in Colorado after student's death - The Denver Post

mmenigma
mmenigma

@robincook  A person with psychological issues will still have those issues when on cannabis.  Cannabis, in and of itself, does not cause psychotic or suicidal thoughts.  The cannabis didn't make him jump.  He jumped of his own accord.  Sad, but true.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@robincook  

What "false facts"? I never said marijuana was completely harmless...but just about any drug can cause a deadly reaction even when taken properly and that young man took more than the recommended dose. But the FACT that remains is that it's cruel and downright hypocritical to continue to criminalize marijuana use while the booze flows freely. Alcohol has ruined far more lives than weed...hell, this preposterous "War on Drugs" has ruined more lives than marijuana use ever has. And I really don't understand why so many people are against legalization when it means regulation, a big tax boon for our state and less stress and strain on our legal system by DE-criminalizing a drug that is clearly no more harmful than alcohol. It seems Colorado is suffering no ill effects from legalization...and they're making a mint in taxes.

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