‘Godfather of Grass’ seeks prison release over virus concern

Johnny Boone

LISBON, Ohio (Courier Journal) — The “Godfather of Grass” has asked a judge to release him from a federal prison in Ohio that has seen nine coronavirus deaths. The Courier Journal reports John Robert “Johnny” Boone vouched for his release on the grounds that he’s 76, in poor health and has served most of his 57-month prison sentence for his role in a large marijuana operation. His lawyer says Boone also has a history of illnesses and called his continued imprisonment life-threatening. Nearly 137 inmates and eight staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Federal Correctional Institution at Elkton. He was sentenced in 2018 to nearly five years at the facility over federal drug charges.