Earlier this month, Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates, the most in a single day by any president in USA history. Aside from continuously researching law and battling his length of sentence, he has taken more than three dozen Adult Continuing Education courses.
Charles Lee Brandon, 33, of Bay City was sentenced in the Eastern District of MI in 2008 to almost 22 years imprisonment and eight years of probation for possession with an intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base.
Presidents tend to use their powers to commute sentences or issue pardons more frequently near the end of their terms of office.
White House officials said Obama will underscore the message even before leaving the USA, heading first to Lake Tahoe for a series meetings on conservation and then on to Hawaii's remote Midway Atoll, where Obama recently expanded the Papahanaumokuakea (prounounced pah-pah-hah-NOW'-moh-koo-ah-KAY'-ah) Marine National Monument. Mr. Shears was sentenced in 2007 to 19 years and seven months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.
Four other SC drug dealers also had their sentences commuted. His sentence has been reduced to expire on August 2018, with the condition that he enroll in residential drug treatment.
- Barry Renfold Cooley of Los Angeles, who was convicted in Nebraska of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and sentenced to life in prison.
According to whitehouse.gov, President Obama has now commuted the sentences of 673 individuals, more than the past ten Presidents combined.
White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said the commutations underscore the president's commitment to using his clemency authority to give deserving individuals a second chance. But only legislation passed by Congress can "achieve the broader reforms needed to ensure our federal sentencing system operates more fairly and effectively", Eggleston said.
The commutations highlight the need for criminal justice reform legislation, including reforms that address excessive mandatory minimum sentences, he wrote. Ronald Lee Blount Jr., also sentenced in 1999, will be released on December 28.
Clemency Project 2014, a working group that includes the American Bar Association, had supported 72 of the clemency applications.
However, the White House said Obama would meet the firebrand leader on the sidelines of a summit in Laos, which begins on September 6, with the United States president likely to voice disquiet over the bloodshed and Duterte's abusive remarks. Charles was sentenced to 20 years in prison.