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Friday, October 28, 2016

FAITH BASED VOTERS MUST STOMACH THESE HARD TRUTHS BEFORE VOTING

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Evangelical Conservatives' attitude toward Hillary Clinton suggests that Trump's sins are worthy of forgiveness, but Clinton's are not. Sin is sin. Neither candidate is perfect, nor are many Evangelical leaders who have had public moral failures. There is an abundance of evidence that reflects The Church has been lax in its duty to uphold moral standards worth following. In fact there is no such thing as a perfect candidate, perfect leader or perfect church, so where does that leave voters? It leaves them in a position of reliance on a power that is greater than any man -- the power of God.

Vote With Authority, the non-partisan faith based voting advocacy initiative, admonishes voters to pray before casting their vote with the understanding that no matter who wins the election, hope in the future starts and remains in an all powerful, all knowing God who never sleeps nor slumbers. Being a nation with a godly heritage is but one of the things that makes America great! In his Letter from the Birmingham jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King warned: "But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."

As it was all those years ago, King's sentiment lives on today. The Church must look within itself -- not to politicians -- to set the example for healing and forgiveness the country so desperately needs. Whatever direction the church goes in, so goes the nation. Regardless of voters' desicions on election day (or if you vote early) it is important to remember the civic engagement and righteous living of the faithful beyond an election year is the real key to the change one wants to see. Vote your conscience on Nov. 8. Let your voice be heard on the ballot box.

The mission of Vote With Authority is to register, educate, and mobilize the faith based electorate. Ministries, civic organizations, media and individuals are targeted for information sharing, delivering news on key political issues and encouraging collective community involvement in getting out the vote through "Souls to the Polls" transportation and social media efforts. Stay connected to Vote with Authority on Facebook or on Twitter at "wisevote."

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tasha Cobb & Friends will present a free Haiti Relief Concert in Atlanta on Nov. 14

(ATLANTA, GA) Join Tasha Cobbs and friends for an uplifting evening of worship benefiting families in need of medical supplies located in Haiti. Admission is free, however Tasha Cobbs Ministries is requesting that you bring an item to donate (ex: batteries, non sterile gloves, Tylenol, gauze). 100% of donations will be donated to #ProjectMediShare. Haiti: A Benefit Concert Monday, November 14, 2016 Suite Food Lounge - 375 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA 30313 6:00pm - supply drive 8:00pm - benefit concert RSVP: free - limited seats, early arrival is suggested DONATIONS TO SUPPORT HURRICANE VICTIMS ARE EXPECTED.
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LISTEN: Introducing RANDY GATSON And His Urban Gospel Single "It's About To Get Better"

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Rochester, NY --  Once you have had the chance to listen to the music of Urban Gospel Artist Randy Gatson you'll discover a unique mix of old school R&B with an urban Christian sound that’s fresh and appealing to multiple generations. As a gifted songwriter and singer, Randy has spent over 13 years performing with a mix of artists (Kid-N-Play, Public Enemy, Naughty By Nature, Method Man & Red Man, John P. Kee, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Mary Mary) and now tours and ministers his own music from his debut release THIS TIME
"THIS TIME is my way of connecting my personal relationship with Christ through my pen and microphone," Randy explains.  "My music is for those who truly love Christ and enjoy great music ranging from R&B to Smooth Soul and Hip Hop to Contemporary Worship."  
On the first single "It's About To Get Better", Randy combines God inspired lyrics with an R&B groove. "It's About To Get Better" is a motivational anthem with that feel good vibe worthy of keeping on repeat.
"I want to be that motivational sound that links people everywhere to great music," he shares.  "I see myself as the guy who is changing the face of Christian, Gospel and R&B music by blending styles and reflecting relevant popular urban culture of today, but keeping Jesus in every song."
As an ordained apostle, Randy keeps an aggressive schedule with ministry and music engagements.  His life experiences in being a divorcee, father of five children, an apostle and music artist all impact his personal testimony that he shares freely and transparently in order to engage people in real encounters of deliverance through Christ.
Randy's heart is to remain genuine in all musical efforts, producing and sustaining a significant sound of inspired music and showing the world that Christ doesn't have to show up in a choir robe, but through the voice of a 33-year old, 6' 2" African American Man with a voice from the streets and a voice full of passion!


Join Randy in concert on October 30th at 7:00PM at Love Fellowship Worship Center in Rochester, NY.  Randy's special guest will be comedian Joel James and singer Naomi Raine.
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BRIDGE MUSIC RELEASES AWARD-WINNING “TRUST IN YOU” IN SPANISH

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Renowned Mexican worship artist Majo Solis brings the voice behind
the new version of Lauren Daigle’s hit single

NASHVILLE, TN (October 27, 2016) — Bridge Music announces the launch of its Confiare en ti (Trust in You) campaign with Mexican native Majo Solis. The single, adapted from Dove-award winning recording artist Lauren Daigle’s hit song “Trust in You,” released the Spanish version of the song, “Confiare en ti, and accompanying music video on October 21st, 2016.

“Confiare en ti” is a powerful confession of trust in the wisdom and care of the Lord, especially for those in Solis’ audience who face doubts, problems and struggles. Solís lends a vocal strength and softness to Daigle’s song, and this Spanish rendition opens up the song to an even wider audience.

“The launch of this song is part of Bridge Music’s mission to reach the nations with music that has a huge impact on the Millennial generation, thereby creating a personal encounter with Jesus,” said Jake Salomon, CEO and Founder of Bridge Music based in Franklin, Tennessee.

In order to adapt “Trust in You” into Spanish, Bridge Music brought together several notable artists including Lucia ParkerAbraham Osorio and Sean Moffitt. Moffitt was well versed in the mixing of the Spanish version having also had a hand in the original recording of “Trust in You” with Daigle herself. The team came together to remix and bring a fresh sound to the song while keeping true to both Daigle and the flavor of Spanish vocals.

“Listening to the sincere, real, shocking message of Confiaré en tí,’ I thought, How much would I have wanted to listen to this throughout my difficult moments. All of this alongside the possibility of working with my friends in the production of the song was what made me say ‘Sure, let’s do it!’” said Solis.

Confiaré en tí can be purchased anywhere online for downloading and streaming beginning Friday, October 21st. To date, the song has already been picked up by 85 radio stations in Latin America and more than 25 in the US and Puerto Rico.

Majo Solis was born in Monterrey, Mexico City. A worship artist with a global vision, she is an active vlogger with a YouTube channel of over 66k subscribers. You can follow Solis on TwitterFacebook,Instagram and YouTube or visit her website at majosolis.com.

Bridge Music LLC is an all-encompassing Christian music company that is bringing a fresh outlook to the Christian music realm with its innovative approaches to music publishing. Bridge Music is able to provide its artists with flexibility and an exceptional, focused attention with services in publishing, licensing, music production, management, marketing, event booking, radio promotion and public relations. For more information, visit bridgemusic.co.
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THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP TO RELEASE 25TH ALBUM “LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO ” ON OCTOBER 28TH

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The legendary trio of blood brothers, The Rance Allen Group, will release its 25th album “Live From San Francisco” (Tyscot Records) and a separate DVD of it on October 28th. The group pioneered the fusion of R&B-styled rhythms with spiritual and message music themes in the 1970s. It’s a winning style that has won them fans as varied as American Idol’s Randy Jackson, Kirk Franklin, `80s rockers Huey Lewis & The News and Fred Hammond. They continue to labor in this unique musical vineyard on the new eleven-song set that was recorded live at the Bay area’s Richmond Memorial Auditorium.

Rance Allen will be a guest on the “Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell” syndicated radio show on 10/28 @8:11 AM EST to talk about the project. He’ll also be a guest on “Sunday Praise with J.J. Hairston” this Sunday 10/25 on Hot 93.7 FM in Hartford, CT and with “The Big Rube & Sctonda Morning Show” on 1380 AM in N. Augusta, SC this Wednesday November 3rd. Over the next week, Allen will also be a guest on the syndicated program “The Nightly Spirit with Darlene McCoy” and SOAR Radio. He’s going to hit other radio stations around the country such as WLOU (Louisville, KY), WMBM (N. Miami, FL) and KUT (Austin, TX) with more to follow.

The album’s first radio single “All Day Long” is a warm, uplifting song of praise set to a smooth and mellow R&B flavored groove with a Jazzy horn arrangement.  It climaxes in a crescendo of cymbals, drums, thick harmonies and Rance Allen’s lion-like roar of a wail.  The project features new songs such as the ballad “My Delight” (led by Steve Allen), the quartet-styled stomper ‘Hold On” and the soulful tune “Vessel” that is guaranteed to raise the heaviest of roofs.
 
The groups also dusts off some stellar B-sides from past albums and gives them new arrangements such as the old school soul of “Like A Good Neighbor” and the funk of  “I’m Not Givin’ Up Givin’ Out Givin’ Givin’ In” that is lead by Tom Allen. The group provides some dance-floor rhythms with songs such as “Got Me Dancin’,” “Can’t Give Up (The Groove)” and “Victory Dance.” The collection is rounded out with fan favorites such as the group’s signature songs  “Miracle Worker” and “Something About The Name Jesus.” http://smarturl.it/LFSFAmazon
 
The Rance Allen Group was formed in 1965 in Monroe, MI as a self-contained band. In 1972, they signed to Stax Records’ Gospel Truth subsidiary where they recorded a series of gritty gospel songs that won them main-stage tours with R&B headliners such as Isaac Hayes and Barry White. They went on to record a number of gospel classics such as “You That I Trust,” Do Your Will” and “I Belong To You.” The group was honored with the BMI Trailblazer Award in 2008.
 
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President Obama Grants Commutations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President granted commutation of sentence to the following 98 individuals:


·         David Alan Aldridge – Odessa, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine; possession of equipment, chemicals, products and materials to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of a detectable amount of methamphetamine; purchasing more than nine (9) grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine during a 30 day period (six counts); Western District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $35,000 fine (August 13, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 151 months’ imprisonment, and unpaid balance of the $35,000 fine remitted, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Marvin D. Anthony, Sr.  – Camden, AR
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base; Western District of Missouri
Sentence: Life imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (November 19, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment.

·         Darnell C. Billings – Dolton, IL
Offense: Distribution of 50 or more grams of cocaine base; Central District of Illinois
Sentence: Life imprisonment (May 25, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment.

·         Kevin Bivins – Niagara Falls, NY
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; use of a communication facility to commit a drug trafficking offense (eight counts); Western District of New York
Sentence: 168 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 11, 2002); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (on remand) (July 18, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Edward Lionel Blake – Houston, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, aiding and abetting; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (November 24, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Wallace Bourgeois, Jr.  – LaPlace, LA
Offense:         1. Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 50
                        grams or more of cocaine base ("crack"); Eastern District of Louisiana
2. Wire fraud; Eastern District of Louisiana

Sentence:        1. 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 7,
2010)
2. 12 months’ imprisonment (concurrent); three years’ supervised release (concurrent) (April 28, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Damon Brightman – Goose Creek, SC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of South Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 22, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months’ imprisonment.

·         Shane Derek Brown – Key West, FL
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; Southern District of Florida
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (January 28, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         James Holman Browning, Jr.  – Mebane, NC
Offense: Conspiracy: Distributed cocaine base ("crack"); distributed crack (two counts); Middle District of North Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 19, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Mark Lamont Byrd – St. Louis, MO
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute in excess of five grams of cocaine base; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base; Eastern District of Missouri
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 19, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         David Carroll – Arlington, VA
Offense: Distribution of crack cocaine (seven counts); distribution of cocaine (two counts); possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Eastern District of Virginia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release  (June 9, 1995)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Derrick Dante Clark – Cocoa, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 25, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Kevin Wayne Daniels – Austin, TX
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; felon in possession of a firearm; Western District of Texas
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 23, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to 175 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Israel John Patrick Davis – Oklahoma City, OK
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a controlled substance; District of North Dakota
Sentence: 204 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (January 22, 2009); amended to 163 months’ imprisonment (January 25, 2016)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2017.

·         Anthony D. Dorsey – Kansas City, MO
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine base in an amount of 50 grams or more; Western District of Missouri
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 23, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Juan Antonio Duenas – San Antonio, TX
Offense: Possess with intent to distribute, more than 50 grams of methamphetamine; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 24, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Charlton Oriaso Esekhigbe – Missouri City, TX 
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (February 17, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         John Aundo Gamble – Myrtle Beach, SC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine; felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; using, carrying and possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; District of South Carolina
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (August 31, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Miguel Garcia – Perley, MN
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; District of North Dakota
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 28, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

·         Ignatizo Giuliano – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Offense: Knowingly conspiring with other persons to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 4, 1991)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Stephen Runea Glenn – Houston, TX
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 14, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Arandal Derrick Goodley – Midland, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base "crack"; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base "crack"; laundering of monetary instruments (15 counts); aiding and abetting laundering of monetary instruments (four counts); Western District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 22, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Stephen Joseph Graham – Cumming, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release  (September 17, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

·         Wayne Gross – St. Louis, MO
Offense: Unlawful user of controlled substances while in possession of firearms; possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of Missouri
Sentence: 248 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (April 2, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Robert Sedillo Gutierrez – Roswell, NM
Offense:         1. Possession with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of a mixture
and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers; District of New Mexico
2. Supervised release violation (attempt to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine); District of New Mexico

Sentence:        1. 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 7,
                        2006)
2. 18 months’ imprisonment; two years’ supervised release (concurrent) August 7, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months’ imprisonment.

·         Ishon D. Hardin – Knoxville, TN
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a substance containing cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Eastern District of Tennessee
Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 24, 2001); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (August 16, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Robert A. Hearn – Springfield, IL
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five or more grams of a mixture or substance containing cocaine base (crack); Central District of Illinois
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (March 16, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Jamar Henry – Springfield, IL
Offense: Possession of five or more grams of cocaine base "crack" with the intent to distribute; Central District of Illinois
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (September 2, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Ferlandis Urben Herod – Memphis, TN 
Offense: 1. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; 2. Supervised release violation (conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine); 1. Middle District of Tennessee; 2. Western District of Tennessee
Sentence: 1. Life imprisonment; 2. 24 months’ imprisonment (consecutive); 10 years’ supervised release (1. July 14, 2005; 2. December 19, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 264 months’ imprisonment.

·         Olynthia Louise Hinton – Chester, SC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of South Carolina
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (February 15, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         James Holmes – Nashville, TN
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; Northern District of Alabama
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (February 16, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Antonio Hood – Lancaster, SC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of South Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (February 2, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

·         William D. Hoopingarner – Marshall, IL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine (mixture); Southern District of Indiana
Sentence: 168 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (April 25, 2008); amended to 135 months’ imprisonment (January 12, 2016)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Donnie Keith Howell – Goldsboro, NC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base; Eastern District of North Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (March 13, 1995)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Andre M. Huggins – Bear, DE
Offense: Distribution of cocaine (two counts); conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine; maintaining a dwelling to distribute cocaine; money laundering (two counts); District of Delaware
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 21, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Tony Orlando Hughes – Newport News, VA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base; distribute cocaine base (22 counts); distribute cocaine (two counts); possession of firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (eight counts); possess with intent to distribute cocaine (three counts); Eastern District of Virginia
Sentence: 2,616 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release  (November 29, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

·         Virgilio Jimenez – Manhattan, NY 
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base ; District of Rhode Island
Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (March 23, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Alphonso Johnson – Orlando, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (July 2, 1999)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Gerald Jerome Johnson – Jamestown, ND
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; District of North Dakota
Sentence: Life plus 25 years’ imprisonment (October 10, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months’ imprisonment.

·         Tony O’Neal Johnson – Mexia, TX
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute at least five grams of cocaine base (three counts); Western District of Texas
Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release, $3,000 fine (June 22, 2005); amended to 210 months’ imprisonment (May 16, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, and unpaid balance of $3,000 fine remitted, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Charles Jermaine Keitt – Orangeburg, SC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base and a quantity of cocaine, and a quantity of marijuana; District of South Carolina
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (September 23, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 151 months’ imprisonment.

·         Jaleel Abdul Lafi, III – Hopkins Park, IL
Offense: Distribution of five or more grams of cocaine base ("crack") (three counts); distribution of 50 or more grams of cocaine base ("crack"); possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking crime; Central District of Illinois
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (February 17, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Bobby Earl Lee – St. Petersburg, FL
Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment (September 16, 1994)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Edward Monroe Little  – Maiden, NC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute quantities of cocaine and cocaine base; possessing with intent to distribute, a quantity of cocaine base, and aiding and abetting; Western District of North Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 10, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         John Lockett – Houston, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine (two counts); Southern District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (September 26, 1997)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017 and unpaid balance of the $5,000 fine remitted.

·         Alberto Lopez – Gardner, MA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess heroin and cocaine base with intent to distribute; possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin; possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and distribution, aiding and abetting (three counts); District of Massachusetts
Sentence: Life imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (June 4, 1996)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Rico Mayo – Benicia, CA
Offense: Possession of five or more grams of cocaine base; use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of California 
Sentence: 420 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (February 9, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         James A. McKines – Las Vegas, NV
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute phencyclidine (PCP); possession with intent to distribute PCP; interstate travel in aid of racketeering; Western District of Missouri
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $40,000 fine (November 2, 1989)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Otis McRay – Satsuma, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; distribution of 5 grams or more of cocaine base (two counts); Middle District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (November 26, 2001)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Terrance Ramon Merritt – Fort Walton Beach, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, a detectable amount of MDMA and a detectable amount of marijuana; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Northern District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 15, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Thomas Lee Miller – Emmons, MN
Offense: Manufacturing or attempt to manufacture five grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a protected location after having a prior felony drug conviction; Northern District of Iowa
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 16 years’ supervised release (December 18, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Jose Flores Molina – Nampa, ID
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; District of Idaho
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release, $3,000 fine (January 30, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Ernest Moore, Jr. – Tuskegee, AL
Offense: Distribution of cocaine base (two counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); carrying a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense; Middle District of Alabama
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (February 17, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Michael Howard Motes – Wilmington, NC
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and amphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and amphetamine; Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $10,000 fine (June 30, 1999)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of the $10,000 fine remitted.

·         Randall C. Moyer – Salt Lake City, UT
Offense: Attempted manufacture of 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine; District of Utah
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $2,729.97 restitution (July 25, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, and unpaid balance of $2,729.97 restitution obligation remitted, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Francisco Navarro – San Diego, CA
Offense: Importation of heroin; possession of heroin with intent to distribute; Southern District of California
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 11, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months’ imprisonment.

·         David Neighbors – Evansville, IN
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base and less than 500 grams of cocaine hydrochloride; distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (two counts); possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base; Southern District of Indiana
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 17, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

·         Larry Anthony Nesby – Cairo, IL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (two counts); Southern District of Illinois
Sentence: Life imprisonment; $400 fine (October 3, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.


·         Rasheed Jamal Olds – Kansas City, KS
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine; conspiracy to launder money; District of Kansas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 7, 1997); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment (October 18, 2011)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Robert O’Neal  – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine (two counts); Southern District of Florida
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 24, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Antonio D. Patrick – Halls, TN
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine; Western District of Tennessee
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release  (October 11, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Harold Eugene Patton – Morganton, NC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Western District of North Carolina
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release  (November 19, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 235 months’ imprisonment.

·         George Pearson, Jr.  – Clearwater, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 2, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Anthony Pender – Laurel, MD
Offense: Possession of a firearm by convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of Maryland
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 4, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Bobby Clarence Perry – Commerce, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana; Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (September 13, 1999)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Reisa Lynn Pettiette – Athens, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine; conspiracy to possess a listed chemical knowing it will be used to manufacture a controlled substance; possession of a listed chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; possession and distribution of a listed chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; possession of an unregistered firearm; use, carrying, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of Texas
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (October 16, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Brett Rolland Poore – Austin, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, aiding and abetting; Western District of Texas
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (September 23, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Lesean Roberts – Euclid, OH
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; Northern District of Ohio
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 22, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

·         Darrell E. Robinson – Sacramento, CA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of cocaine base; Eastern District of California
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (August 4, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

·         Charles McKinley Russell, Jr.  – Brentwood, MD
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; District of Maryland
Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1 fine (May 18, 1999)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Ronnie Dean Shelton – Floyd, VA
Offense: Possession of more than five grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; Western District of Virginia
Sentence: 188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 19, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.

·         Alicia Siller – Coleman, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams or methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; use of a person under 18 years of age in drug operations and aiding and abetting; Northern District of Texas
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (October 24, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 27, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.  

·         Leon Smallwood – Alton, IL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (three counts); felon in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Illinois
Sentence: Life imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $2,500 fine (October 2, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 24, 2017.
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