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Adam Davila was classified as a career criminal, a repeat drug dealer prosecuted and convicted in the exacting federal court system, and was sentenced a year ago to 10 years in prison.
It could have been worse: Prosecutors initially asked that he serve 12 years, citing Davila’s 30 years of crimes, including manslaughter as a juvenile, and assault and battery on a police officer.
Come Tuesday, however, the 47-year-old Davila could be a free man and released back to Boston’s streets.
In a telling sign that the Annie Dookhan state crime lab scandal 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 convictions, a 2008 case that factored into his classification as a “career criminal” and was used to enhance his sentence.