Gov. J.B. Pritzker has commuted the four-year prison sentence of a cancer patient who had nearly 43 pounds of THC-infused chocolates delivered to his house in Montgomery.
Thomas J. Franzen, 37, was discharged from the minimum-security wing at the Stateville Correctional Center Monday afternoon and is staying with his father in Sugar Grove.
That night, they ate a dinner of New York strip steaks as Franzen tried to comprehend the last 24 hours.
“I prayed every night and day this day would come. I figured (the governor) was busy,” Franzen said in a phone interview. “It’s definitely surreal.”
Franzen, who has battled various forms of cancer since he was in high school, was arrested and charged with felony cannabis trafficking in February 2014 after having nearly 43 pounds of THC chocolates mailed to his house.
Franzen had a medical marijuana card at the time, but possessed significantly more than what was allowed and he ordered it from out of state, which was illegal. He faced a minimum of 12 years in prison to be served at 75% if convicted of the most severe charge.
Prosecutors argued Franzen was selling the drugs for profit, but Franzen contended the chocolates were needed to self medicate.
In June 2019, he pleaded guilty to a reduced felony marijuana charge and was sentenced to the minimum four years in prison that could be cut in half for good behavior.