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Inmate Connected to Lab Scandal Has Sentence Reduced

Screen Shot 2012-10-10 at 11.17.50 AMBOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has reduced the sentence of a convicted drug dealer who argued that he should be freed because his classification as a career criminal was based in part on a state conviction connected to the Massachusetts drug testing lab scandal.

Adam Davila asked a judge Tuesday to change his sentence to time served, because the state conviction was vacated because of its connection to a state chemist who’s charged with faking test results and tampering with evidence. Authorities have said the chemist’s actions put thousands of criminal cases in jeopardy.

The Boston Globe reports that the judge instead reduced Davila’s 10-year sentence to six years, meaning he still has three years to serve. The judge says Davila still has an extensive criminal history.

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