Man, 90, gets 3-year prison sentence for drugs

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DETROIT -- A 90-year-old Indiana man who hauled more than a ton of cocaine into Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel has been sentenced to three years in prison on his birthday.

Leo Sharp said he's "really heartbroken" over his crimes. Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds said age and World War II service aren't enough to keep Sharp out of prison. She called the case "difficult and disgusting."

Sharp of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced Wednesday, seven months after pleading guilty. Prosecutors had recommended five years in prison, a substantial break from the guidelines.

Defense attorney Darryl Goldberg said Sharp has dementia and will do poorly in prison. He said prison is "not how we honor our heroes." Sharp was awarded a Bronze Star in World War II.

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  • I cannot believe he did not know what he was doing. He most likely needed money to pay his taxes and for his prescriptions.