Original Case Details
Back in 1996, Michael Thompson of Flint was sentenced to a minimum of 42 years and a maximum of 60 years for convictions of delivery of marijuana, felony firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thompson was first arrested in 1994 for this case when he sold three pounds of marijuana to an undercover informant in Genesee County. Police later searched his home and found various firearms. These were firearms that he was not legally allowed to own because of previous felony convictions in the 1980’s. It has been since noted that most of these firearms were antiques that were locked away and that Thompson was not carrying a gun when he sold the marijuana to the informant. At the time of his sentencing, Michigan sentencing guidelines did not apply to habitual offender cases. The habitual offender law at the time allowed a judge to sentence Thompson for any term of state prison up to life in prison specifically for the felon in possession of a firearm charge, even though the normal maximum sentence for this charge is five years in state prison. This sentence in today’s times seems prehistoric as marijuana is both medically and recreationally legal in the state of Michigan today.