Presidential Commutations: Obama 2011 – 2014

Amazingly these all deal with drug offenses or national defense

  NOVEMBER 21 2011
Eugenia Marie Jennings
Offense: Distribution of cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Southern Illinois; February 23, 2001
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $1,750 fine
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on December 21, 2011, leaving intact and in effect the eight-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence.

DECEMBER 19 2013

Clarence Aaron
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 846; possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute (erroneously listed in the judgment as conspiracy to distribute cocaine), 21 U.S.C. § 846
District/Date: Southern Alabama; December 10, 1993 (as amended July 30, 1996)
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 17, 2014, leaving intact and in effect the five-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Stephanie Yvette George
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 846
District/Date: Northern Florida; May 5, 1997
Sentence: Life imprisonment; ten years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 17, 2014, leaving intact and in effect the ten-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Ezell Gilbert
Offense: Possession with intent to deliver cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); possession with intent to deliver marijuana, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Middle Florida; March 25, 1997
Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire immediately, leaving intact and in effect the five-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Helen R. Alexander Gray
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
District/Date: Middle Georgia; October 8, 1996
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; ten years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 17, 2014, leaving intact and in effect the ten-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Jason Hernandez
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, 21 U.S.C. § § 846 (one count); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a) (two counts); possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (erroneously listed in the judgment as possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine/cocaine hydrochloride), 21 U.S.C. § 841(a) (one count); possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine/cocaine hydrochloride, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a) (one count); distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, 21 U.S.C. § 860 (three counts); establishment of a place for manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance, 21 U.S.C. § 856(a) (two counts)
District/Date: Eastern Texas; October 2, 1998
Sentence: Life imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment commuted to a term of 240 months, leaving intact and in effect the eight-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence, including the $5,000 fine

Ricky Eugene Patterson
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine in the form of cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 846; possession with intent to distribute cocaine in the form of cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Southern Florida; August 3, 1995
Sentence: Life imprisonment; ten years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 17, 2014, leaving intact and in effect the ten-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Billy Ray Wheelock
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1); possession with intent to distribute and distributing more than five grams of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public school, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 860(a); possession with intent to distribute and distributing crack cocaine, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute and distributing more than five grams of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public school, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 860(a), and 18 U.S.C. § 2
District/Date: Western Texas; June 9, 1993
Sentence: Life imprisonment; ten years’ supervised release; $3,000 fine
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 17, 2014, leaving intact and in effect the ten-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Reynolds Wintersmith
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 846; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Northern Illinois; November 23, 1994
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 17, 2014, leaving intact and in effect the five-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

APRIL 15 2014

Ceasar Huerta Cantu, also known as Cesar Huerta Cantu
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, 21 U.S.C. § 846; money laundering, 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h)
District/Date: Western District of Virginia; May 11, 2006
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment (as amended); five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Prison sentence commuted to 138 months’ imprisonment, leaving intact and in effect the five-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

DECEMBER 15 2014

Antonio Guerrero
Offense: Conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, 18 U.S.C. § 371; conspiracy to gather and transmit national defense information, 18 U.S.C. § 794(c); acting as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification to the Attorney General, 18 U.S.C. § 951
District/Date: Southern Florida; December 27, 2001
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment (as amended on October 13, 2009); five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on December 17, 2014, term of supervised release commuted in its entirety, and any unpaid balance of the special assessment remitted; conditioned on commutation recipient’s departing from the United States on December 17, 2014, voluntarily renouncing his United States citizenship within two weeks of December 17, 2014, thereafter remaining outside the limits of the United States, its territories and its possessions, not accepting or receiving any financial benefit from any book, movie or other publication or production about his situation, renouncing any claim to benefits, including benefits under the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program, related to employment while in the United States, and waiving and releasing any and all claims against the United States of America, its agents, servants and employees, including any actions challenging his conviction or sentence

Gerardo Hernandez
Offense: Conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, 18 U.S.C. § 371; conspiracy to gather and transmit national defense information, 18 U.S.C § 794(c); conspiracy to commit murder, 18 U.S.C. § 1117; fraud and misuse of documents, 18 U.S.C § 1546(a); possession with intent to use five or more fraudulent identification documents, 18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(3); acting as an agent of foreign government without prior notification to the Attorney General, 18 U.S.C. § 951
District/Date: Southern Florida; December 12, 2001
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on December 17, 2014, term of supervised release commuted in its entirety, and any unpaid balance of the special assessment remitted; conditioned on commutation recipient’s departing from the United States on December 17, 2014, thereafter remaining outside the limits of the United States, its territories and its possessions, not accepting or receiving any financial benefit from any book, movie or other publication or production about his situation, renouncing any claim to benefits, including benefits under the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program, related to employment while in the United States, and waiving and releasing any and all claims against the United States of America, its agents, servants and employees, including any actions challenging his conviction or sentence

Luis Medina III, aka Ramon Labanino
Offense: Conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, 18 U.S.C. § 371; conspiracy to gather and transmit national defense information,18 U.S.C. § 794(c); fraud and misuse of documents, 18 U.S.C. § 1546(a); false statement in passport application, 18 U.S.C. § 1542; possession with intent to use five or more fraudulent identification documents, 18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(3); acting as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification to the Attorney General, 18 U.S.C. § 951
District/Date: Southern Florida; December 13, 2001
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment (as amended on December 8, 2009); five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on December 17, 2014, term of supervised release commuted in its entirety, and any unpaid balance of the special assessment remitted; conditioned on commutation recipient’s departing from the United States on December 17, 2014, thereafter remaining outside the limits of the United States, its territories and its possessions, not accepting or receiving any financial benefit from any book, movie or other publication or production about his situation, renouncing any claim to benefits, including benefits under the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program, related to employment while in the United States, and waiving and releasing any and all claims against the United States of America, its agents, servants and employees, including any actions challenging his conviction or sentence

DECEMBER 17 2014

Sidney Earl Johnson, Jr.
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 846, 18 U.S.C. § 2; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 846; use of a communication facility to commit a felony, 21 U.S.C. § 843(b), 18 U.S.C. § 2
District/Date: Southern Alabama; April 13, 1994
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on June 12, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the 10-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Cathy Lee Jones
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin and cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 846
District/Date: Eastern Virginia; April 29, 2003
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 15, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the five-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Rickey Marcell McCall, aka Rickey Marcel McCall
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(A); possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) & 924(a)(2)
District/Date: Northern Alabama; January 11, 2001
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment (as amended on December 8, 2009); five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 15, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the 120-month term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Larry Nailor
Offense: Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute approximately 50 grams of cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Western Tennessee; November 7, 1997
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 15, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the 10-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Antonio Gromyko Reeves
Offense: Distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Eastern Missouri; May 21, 2004
Sentence: 188 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 15, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the four-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Jennifer Regenos
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. § 846
District/Date: Southern Iowa; March 25, 2002
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 15, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the 10-yearterm of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Barbara Lammsies Scrivner
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and distribute methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & (b)(1)(A), 846; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Oregon; July 3, 1995
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on June 12, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the five-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

Israel Abel Torres
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, 21 U.S.C. § 846; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date: Eastern Texas; December 4, 1998
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine
Terms of Grant: Sentence of imprisonment to expire on April 15, 2015, leaving intact and in effect the 10-year term of supervised release with all its conditions and all other components of the sentence

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE®

SOURCE: United States Department of Justice
CONTRIBUTOR: Eddy Toorall

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