A 90-year-old Indiana man, Leo Sharp, who admitted serving as a cocaine courier for a Mexican drug cartel, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Sharp, a decorated World War Two combat veteran who turned 90 on Wednesday, was also sentenced to three years supervised release by Judge Nancy Edmunds in United States District Court in Detroit.
Reuters report that Sharp had told Edmunds before she sentenced him, “All I can tell you your honour is that I am really heartbroken that I did what I did. But it’s done.”
Afterward, Sharp turned to prosecutors and called the three-year prison term a death sentence.
Sharp was pulled over by police in October 2011 for erratic driving on an interstate highway in Michigan with what turned out to be 104 bricks of cocaine in his truck.
Prosecutors said Sharp hauled 1,250 kilograms (2,755 pounds) of cocaine into Michigan from the southwest United States on a half-dozen trips from February 2010 until his arrest, earning $1,000 per kilogram for drugs he transported.