The Baltimore resident pleaded guilty to possession of only 5.9 grams of marijuana hoping that the judge would take it easy on him. But the 31-year-old never imagined he would be sentenced to two decades in prison for an offense so minor.
Now, Hammond has won an appeal Wednesday invalidating that plea. Legal experts say this raises the possibility that he will be released, but does not guarantee it just yet.
Baltimore District Judge Askew Gatewood told prosecutors that “5.9 grams won’t roll you a decent joint” and deceptively suggested that Hammond accept the plea and simply pay a fine.