Man, 90, back in court for drug sentence

Leo Earl Sharp
FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Leo Earl Sharp, who was arrested for cocaine possession near Chelsea, Ind. Sharp, a drug courier referred to as the "old man" by his handlers, returns to Detroit federal court on his 90th birthday, May 7. His attorney filed an 18-page sentencing memo, hoping to persuade a judge that home confinement would be appropriate for the Michigan City, Ind., resident. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

DETROIT (AP) — A 90-year-old Indiana man who hauled cocaine to Michigan for drug dealers is spending his birthday in a Detroit courtroom.

Leo Sharp will learn Wednesday whether he goes to prison for his crime or gets a different punishment from federal Judge Nancy Edmunds. The drug courier pleaded guilty last fall, two years after he was arrested by Michigan State Police on Interstate 94.

Prosecutors are recommending a five-year prison sentence. They’re urging the judge to look beyond Sharp’s age and health issues and lock him up for delivering more than a ton of cocaine. The government says the Michigan City, Indiana, man was paid more than $1 million.

Sharp hopes to stay out of prison. His attorney says dementia and other issues would be a burden for the prison system.

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