Judge Paul G. Cassell

WASHINGTON — In recent congressional testimony, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Cassell cited the case of Weldon Angelos, whom Cassell was forced by federal mandatory minimum sentences to send to prison for 59 years — for three $350 marijuana sales, each instance with a gun in his car. As a comparison, Cassell offered a list of maximum sentences for other crimes:

— Hijacking an aircraft: 24 years, five months

— Terrorism-related bombing in a public place: 19 years, six months

— Second-degree murder: 14 years

— Rape of a 10-year-old child: 11 years, three months

— Providing weapons to support a foreign terrorist organization: 8 years, one month

Source: Judicial Conference of the United States