Native American man serving 'de facto life sentence' for drug dealing. 'Why must I die in prison?' – USA TODAY

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Efrain Hidalgo Jr. isn’t saying he’s innocent. But he believes what happened to him was unjust.
In 2000, at the age of 27, Hidalgo was sentenced to 60 to 150 years in prison after being convicted of charges related to running a heroin drug ring.
The sentence was heralded at the time as the longest drug-related sentence in Pennsylvania history, and to this day it eclipses sentences for crimes like child sexual assault and third-degree murder. Hidalgo’s defense attorney at the time told reporters that an appropriate sentence under state guidelines should probably have been about 10 years.


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