Adam Davila was classified as a career criminal, a repeat drug dealer prosecuted in the exacting federal court system and convicted of dealing heroin. Just over a year ago, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
It could have been worse: Prosecutors initially asked that Davila serve 12 years, citing his 30 years of crimes, including manslaughter as a juvenile, and assault and battery on a police officer.
“The defendant was the driving force behind a robust heroin distribution operation,” prosecutors said in court records.
Come Tuesday, however, the 47-year-old Davila of Dorchester could be released back to Boston’s streets, the latest legal dilemma out of the state crime lab scandal involving the alleged rogue chemist Annie Dookhan.
In a telling sign that the Dookhan controversy has made its way into the US court system in Boston, Davila has asked that a federal judge scale back his sentence, based on the chemist’s involvement in one of his previous state convictions. The 2008 state court conviction of drug dealing was factored into his classification as a “career criminal” in federal court and was used to triple his sentence, from roughly three years to 10.
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