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Obama grants commutations to over 200 more prisoners

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President Obama Grants Commutations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President made grants of commutation of sentences to the following 214 individuals:

·         Timothy Adams – Hartsville, SC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine base (crack); Middle District of North Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (August 2, 1995)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment.

·         Asher Adkins – Columbia City, IN
Offense: Distribution of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting (two counts); distribution of methamphetamine (three counts); use or carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime (two counts); distribution of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine (two counts); Northern District of Indiana
Sentence: 624 months’ imprisonment; five years' supervised release (January 3, 2000)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Jamonte L. Allison – Carbondale, IL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of "crack cocaine"; Southern District of Illinois
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $500 fine (September 6, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Joe Alvarado – Ogden, UT
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (two counts); possession of a firearm and ammunition by convicted a felon; District of Utah
Sentence: Life imprisonment (October 13, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Tyrell L. Anthony – Kershaw, SC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine); willfully failing to appear; District of South Carolina
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (July 28, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Reinaldo A. Arocho – Lake Station, IN
Offense: Drug conspiracy; maintaining a drug house; distribution of crack cocaine; carrying a firearm during drug trafficking; attempting to corruptly persuade a witness; Northern District of Indiana
Sentence: 387 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 19, 2000); amended to 300 months' imprisonment (January 18, 2011)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Jose Carlos Arras, Jr. – Albuquerque, NM
Offense:         1. 
Conspiracy to import; conspiracy to wit: possession with intent to
                        distribute 100 kilograms and more of marijuana; District of New Mexico
2. Supervised release violation (Importation of a quantity of marijuana); Western District of Texas
Sentence:        1. 262 months' imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (November 4, 2002)
2. 10 months' imprisonment (consecutive) (November 4, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Sidney J. Ball – Lenox, GA
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 12.04 kilograms of cocaine; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 30, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Lloyd Battles – Columbia, SC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 6, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months' imprisonment.

·         David Bell – Miami, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (three counts); Southern District of Florida
Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (February 12, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Pauline K. Blake – West Valley City, UT
Offense: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; conspiracy or attempt to manufacture methamphetamine (two counts); establishment of a manufacture operation; possession of a listed chemical (two counts); District of Utah
Sentence: 210 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $2,000 restitution (January 7, 2002); amended to 292 months' imprisonment (January 27, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Deborah Lucille Blue – Alcoa, TN
Offense:         1. Distribution of cocaine base (two counts); possession with intent to
                        distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of Tennessee
2. Supervised release violation (distribution of cocaine hydrochloride);
Eastern District of Tennessee
Sentence:        1. 292 months' imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (February
23, 2007); amended to 234 months’ imprisonment (May 16, 2014)
2. 3 months' imprisonment (consecutive) (February 23, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Marston Edward Blue – District Heights, MD
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin and cocaine; felon in possession of firearm; possess with intent to distribute heroin, aiding and abetting; District of Maryland
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 25, 2002 (on remand))
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Lucius Boswell – Madison, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); Middle District of Georgia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 5, 1997)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Joshua Boyer – Tampa, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: 288 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (November 27, 2001)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Debra R. Brown – Nashville, TN
Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base to a person under 21; Middle District of Tennessee
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 18, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Eddie Lee Brown – Brunswick, GA
Offense: Distribution of cocaine hydrochloride (two counts); Southern District of Georgia
Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; six years' supervised release (June 12, 2000)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Patrick A. Brown – Alexandria, VA
Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm, aiding and abetting (two counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, aiding and abetting; District of Maryland
Sentence: Life imprisonment; three years' supervised release (August 8, 1997)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Timothy Aaron Brown – Warren, OH
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Central District of Illinois
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 3, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Jose Luis Buenrostro – Stockton, CA
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; Eastern District of California
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 8, 1997)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.  

·         Barry Charles Butler – Shelby, NC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; Western District of North Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 30, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months' imprisonment.

·         Charles Bynum – Torrance, CA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; Northern District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 27, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Annette Maria Canania – DeSoto, MO
Offense: Conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of pseudoephedrine knowing it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine (two counts); Eastern District of Missouri
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; three years' supervised release (December 22, 2006); amended to 210 months' imprisonment (April 27, 2015)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Jose Manuel Candelario – Miami, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Schedule II (crack cocaine) controlled substance; possess with intent to distribute Schedule II (crack cocaine) controlled substance; Southern District of Alabama
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (April 21, 1994); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment (May 17, 1999)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Ralph Casas – North Miami Beach, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 9,445 kilograms of cocaine; District of Puerto Rico
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (April 19, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 292 months' imprisonment.

·         Willie Chester – Waco, TX
Offense: Possession of a firearm by felon; false statement in acquisition of firearm; Western District of Texas
Sentence: 264 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $3,000 fine (March 26, 1992)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Donyelle Childs – Clearwater, FL
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (January 12, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment.

·         Kenneth Choice – Chicago, IL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver narcotics; possession with intent to deliver narcotics; Northern District of Illinois
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (September 24, 1999); amended to life imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (June 9, 2004); amended to 324 months’ imprisonment (February 1, 2016)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Osvaldo Cisneros-Gutierrez – Earlimart, CA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine; Northern District of Texas
Sentence: 292 months' imprisonment; three years' supervised release (October 13, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 228 months' imprisonment.

·         Mark Anthony Clark – Rockford, IL
Offense: Conspiracy; possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute amphetamine; possession of a firearm by a felon/fugitive from justice and aiding and abetting; Northern District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; six years' supervised release (September 1, 1995)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.  

·         Antonio Cobb – Bloomington, IL
Offense: Distribution of cocaine base; Central District of Illinois
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (February 28, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment.

·         Jimmie Clyde Collins – Joshua, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting; using a drug involved premises and aiding and abetting; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Northern District of Texas
Sentence: 370 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (February 11, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Dewayne L. Comer – Syracuse, NY
Offense: Engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise; conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (two counts); possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; Northern District of New York
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (December 8, 1997)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Jason Andrew Comer – Weyers Cave, VA
Offense: Aid and abet in the possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; Western District of Virginia
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (October 23, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Delaria Antwan Conway – Laurens, SC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine and a quantity of cocaine (two counts); District of South Carolina
Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (December 17, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Eugene Ross Cousins – Greenville, VA
Offense: Distribution of methamphetamine (two counts); possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (two counts); drug user in possession of firearm (two counts); Western District of Virginia
Sentence: 406 months' imprisonment; three years' supervised release (August 8, 2007); amended to 397 months' imprisonment (April 4, 2015)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Lavon A. Crockett – Kansas City, KS
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base ("crack cocaine"); District of Kansas
Sentence: 188 months' imprisonment; four years' supervised release (December 6, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Darnell Crookshank – West Covina, CA
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture phencyclidine; manufacture with intent to distribute phencyclidine, aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine; Central District of California
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (June 17, 1996)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Dawan Croskery – Buffalo, NY
Offense: Engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise; money laundering; Western District of New York
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (December 16, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Andrew Crumbly – Fort Myers, FL
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of cocaine base, crack cocaine (three counts); Middle District of Florida
Sentence: 235 months' imprisonment; six years' supervised release (February 14, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2017.

·         Morris Dabbs – Trenton, NJ
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (crack); Middle District of North Carolina
Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (February 29, 2000); amended to 291 months’ imprisonment (August 2, 2011); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (October 6, 2015)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Ricky Darden – Kinston, NC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); District of Maryland
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 16, 1996)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Lenwood Davies – Wabasso, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Florida
Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (November 15, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Richard Lawrence Davis – St. Louis, MO
Offense:         1. Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of
Missouri
2. Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of Missouri
Sentence:        1. 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 15, 2004)
2. 93 months' imprisonment (concurrent) (March 4, 2005); amended to 75 months' imprisonment (November 18, 2011)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Terry Davis – Monroe, LA
Offense: Distribution of cocaine base; Western District of Arkansas
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 8, 2000)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Christopher M. Dees – Pensacola, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; Northern District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (September 1, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Jose Del Valle – Philadelphia, PA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and aiding and abetting; Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 7, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Maynard Dennis – Liverpool, NY 
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Northern District of New York
Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (September 7, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Bobbie Jo Diers – Romeoville, IL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base ("crack"); possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base ("crack"); Central District of Illinois
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 12, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         James J. Dino – Upper Tumon, GU
Offense:         1. Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; District of
                        Guam
2. Supervised release violation (possession with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine); District of Guam
Sentence:        1. 240 months' imprisonment;10 years’ supervised release (October 19, 2006)
2. 60 months' imprisonment (concurrent) (October 19, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 193 months’ imprisonment.  

·         Scottie Ladon Dixon – Atmore, AL
Offense: 1. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; 2. Violation of supervised release (conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine); 1. Southern District of Alabama; 2. Southern District of Alabama
Sentence: 1. Life imprisonment; 2. 33 months' imprisonment (concurent); 1. 10 years' supervised release (1. & 2. May 18, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 221 months' imprisonment.

·         Thomas Duncan – Columbia, TN
Offense: Possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; felon in possession of a firearm; possession of five grams or more of cocaine base with intent to distribute; Eastern District of Tennessee
Sentence: 352 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (September 23, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Vincent Duval – Bradenton, FL
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (October 28, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         William Ennis – El Paso, TX
Offense: Conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, to wit: cocaine more than five kilograms; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, to wit: cocaine more than five kilograms; using a communication device to facilitate the commission of a felony; Western District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (July 17, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Kenneth Evans – Fort Worth, TX
Offense: Conspiracy; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base and aiding and abetting; use and carry firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting; Northern District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment plus 60 months; five years' supervised release (August 20, 1993)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment.

·         Ronald Evans – Norfolk, VA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and a mixture containing cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute heroin (three counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine base (two counts); Eastern District of Virginia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (July 30, 1993); amended to 360 months' imprisonment (March 16, 2015)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         Ronald Evans – New York, NY
Offense:         1. Possession with intent to distribute in excess of five grams of cocaine
base; District of Maine
2. Supervised release violation (possession with intent to distribute cocaine base); District of Maine
Sentence:        1. 270 months' imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (August 13, 2003)
2. 12 months' imprisonment (concurrent) (August 13, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         James Oliver Fambro – Decatur, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense; Northern District of Florida
Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release, $500 fine (April 5, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

·         J. B. Farris, Jr.  – Atlanta, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine; possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 26, 1993)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.