Prosecutors seek harsher sentence for inmate

Tylan Lucas
Tylan Lucas

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — Federal prosecutors in southwestern Virginia are asking for a harsher sentence than usual, for a man who pleaded guilty to possessing drugs in prison.

Tylan Lucas was less than seven months away from the end of a 15-year sentence, when he was caught with heroin. And after he was charged with that crime, he was caught with heroin, meth and a weapon.

Lucas was serving time at U.S. Penitentiary Lee for cocaine trafficking and other charges, but prosecutors say that is far from his first run-in with the law.

He tallied his first conviction at the age of 13 and had 16 more by the time he was 17.

He also had numerous violations while in prison, including fighting inmates and staff, and possessing weapons and drugs.

Lucas pleaded guilty in January on charges carrying a maximum sentence of 12-and-a-half years. But prosecutors are asking the judge to give him five more years than the maximum, saying he hasn’t learned his lesson.

Lucas will be sentenced next week.