Birthday brings harsher prison term for drugs

A defendant will receive Class X sentencing for his narcotics conviction because he was 21 when he was convicted, even though he was 20 at the time of the offense, a state appeals panel ruled Tuesday.Under Illinois law, defendant Joseph Brown can be sentenced anywhere between six to 30 years in prison “when a defendant, over the age of 21 years, is convicted of a Class 1 or Class 2 felony,” as part of the Class X …

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