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Leo Sharp walks toward U.S. District Court before his scheduled sentencing on Wednesday in Detroit. The Indiana man, who turned 90 on Wednesday, was convicted of hauling more than a ton of cocaine.

Cocaine drug mule, 90, gets 3-year prison sentence

DETROIT – A 90-year-old Indiana man who hauled more than a ton of cocaine into Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel has been sentenced to three years in prison on his birthday.

Leo Sharp says he’s “really heartbroken” over his crimes.

Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds said age and World War II service aren’t enough to keep Sharp out of prison. She called the case “difficult and disgusting.”

A federal prosecutor said Sharp was a member of a drug group "that literally flooded the streets of southeast Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana, with kilograms of cocaine.”

Sharp of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced Wednesday, seven months after pleading guilty. Prosecutors had recommended five years in prison, a substantial break from the guidelines.

Defense attorney Darryl Goldberg said Sharp has dementia and will do poorly in prison. He said prison is “not how we honor our heroes.” Sharp was awarded a Bronze Star in World War II.

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