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There is no parole in the federal system, though inmates can typically apply for early release after completing 85 percent of their sentences.

According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the average sentence handed down for drug trafficking cases in Texas’ Northern District, where Hurd is being prosecuted, was about 9 1/2 years between October 2011 and September 2012, the most recent period for which statistics are available.

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AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Irving, Texas, contributed to this report.

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