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Fla. man serving 60 years in drug case seeks clemency

 The young man, sandy hair lightened by the sun, took a deep breath before speaking to the judge.

His mother and older sister sat clutching hands in the Fort Myers courtroom.

Michael Edwards, who was 31 years old, thought his ex-girlfriend wouldn't testify that he sold her $850 worth of cocaine. Before trial, she signed an affidavit saying another man gave her the drugs. Edwards passed up a plea deal of 15 years. A jury found him guilty.

"I do some idiotic things because I'm addicted to cocaine," Edwards told the judge. "If I had a chance, just one chance, last chance of my life ... I bet I could get out and stay straight."

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