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Maureen Meehan ∙ August 8, 2020 7:00 am PDT Link Copied to Clipboard.
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Weldon Angelos has a lot of catching up to do.
The up-and-coming hip-hop artist and music producer was working with his friend Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur's recording group when he got busted by local cops in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah for selling less than an ounce of weed.
At that time, Angelos was 22 and the father of two young boys. He had no priors and was gainfully-employed, yet a federal court found him guilty and sentenced him to 55 years thanks to mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Even the presiding judge in Angelos's case expressed regret.
After serving thirteen years, Angelos was released in 2016 when a federal court granted him a reduction in sentence.
Since then, he has been making up for lost time with his family, friends, and community by setting up several projects that occupy most of his waking hours. He's a full time criminal justice reform advocate whose infectious good humor and optimism have helped him rally support from a wide range of politicians, activists, entertainment figures and legal experts as he helps other pot prisoners who've been left behind.
Angelos named several of his music peers who are joining his reform movement, including Ty Dolla $ign, Loon, Baby Bash, as well as NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett, and fashion model Jeremy Meeks (otherwise known as the “Hot Felon”).