The Sentencing of Leo Guthmiller

Leo Guthmiller, a sober recovering addict, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs. At sentencing, Judge John Gerrard said, “The only reason I’m imposing the sentence that I am imposing today is because I have to—that’s what Congress mandates.” 

Despite being employed full-time and serving his community by leading AA meetings, Guthmiller was indicted in April 2015 due to his minor role in a 2013 drug conspiracy. He made introductions between people who were buying and selling meth, and was paid a small amount so that he could continue to feed his drug addiction. Guthmiller was not eligible for the safety valve—an exception to mandatory minimums—because of several minor, nonviolent priors related to his addiction. 

Guthmiller self-surrendered to federal prison on April 27, 2016. He will be in prison until December 10, 2024 when he’s released at the age of 38.

 Leo Guthmiller’s cousin warns others, this can happen to your family 


Part of being an addict: Sell the same drugs you do


Read about Leo in the media:

NBC News: As Drug Sentencing Debate Rages, ‘Ridiculous’ Sentences Persist

Lincoln Journal Star: Judge: 10-Year Sentence is ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’


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