Prosecutors: Release man, 91, convicted for hauling drugs

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) — Prosecutors have asked a judge to grant the release of a 91-year-old Indiana man who was convicted of taking more than a ton of cocaine to Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Leo Sharp of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced to three years in federal prison in May 2014 after admitting he drove loads of cocaine into Michigan. Prosecutors said the World War II veteran was paid more than $1 million.

The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1FxMpRA ) reports that prosecutors made the request for compassionate release on Monday. The request is sealed, but federal law requires it include “extraordinary and compelling reasons.”

Sharp’s attorney has previously said he was suffering from health problems, including dementia.

Sharp is currently serving his sentence at a federal medical facility in Minnesota.

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