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Utah Senator Meets Inmate Who Inspired Sentencing Law Rewrite

By Thomas McKinless and Todd Ruger

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Sen. Mike Lee has told the story of Weldon Angelos’ prison term hundreds of times, describing the 55-year sentence over three marijuana sales in 72 hours as “crazy” and “nuts.” An improbable set of events brought the two men together Wednesday in the Utah Republican’s office on Capitol Hill. The recently freed Angelos hugged the lawmaker who made him a living symbol of the push to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws.

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