International Law
9:31 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Jason Puracal Still Fighting 22-Year Drug Sentence

Jason Puracal before he spent nearly two years in a Nicaraguan prison. Photo courtesy Puracal family/Seattle University.

Tacoma resident Jason Puracal says his fight against the Nicaraguan justice system is still not over. Puracal was recently exonerated of drug charges in Nicaragua and returned to the Northwest. Now, Nicaraguan prosecutors are appealing his case to that country’s high court.

Jason Puracal arrived in Nicaragua about a decade ago as a Peace Corps volunteer. He left there last month from a maximum security prison. He was serving a 22-year sentence following a conviction for drug trafficking and money laundering. He was freed in September after winning an appeal.

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