World War One: Belleau Wood, June 1918

On June 1, Château-Thierry finally fell. The Germans took Vaux and moved into the Belleau Wood. The French General commanding the sector placed the 9th U.S. Infantry between the Paris-Metz highway and the Marne, facing Vaux, and urgently called for another regiment. Major General (Omar) Bundy, commanding the 2nd (U.S.) Division, ordered Brigadier General James G. Harbord, USA, who had taken command of the Marine Brigade when the ill Doyen went home to die, to put in one of his regiment.

Thus did the 6th Marines move up to the left of the 9th Infantry, and deploy north from Le Thiolet on the Paris-Metz highway. Major Holcomb’s 2nd Battalion was on the Marine right, Major Maurice E. Shearer’s 2nd Battalion on the left to the north. The 5th Marines and the 23rd Infantry took positions in support. Bundy and Harbord agreed that the Marine Brigade would fight as a unit north of the highway and the 3rd Infantry Brigade to the south of it, “and on that spur of the moment decision came the alignment and the tremendous consequence, to the glory of the United States Marine, to the fortunes of the two brigades, and the to the future of the world.”

That evening, the Germans knocked a hole in the French line to the front and left of the Marines. The 23rd Infantry, Major Julius S. Turrill’s 1st Battalion of the 5th Marines, a part of the 6th Machine Gun Battalion and a company of Engineers rushed over in a forced march of 10 Kilometers to plug the wound before it became fatal. By dawn, they were in place; and Harbord put in Major Frederic M Wise’s 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines to strengthen the defense between Turrill on the left and Shearer on the right. Wise’s men were stretched over more than two miles of the line. (Later Turrill was pulled back in reserve and the 23rd Infantry filled in) Now, from the 9thInfantry south of the highway, through the Marines, to the 23rd Infantry, this section of the line-12 miles long- was American.

By the night of June 2nd, the German held a line from Vaux to the Bouresches to Belleau Wood and occupied Belleau Wood. The Americans faced them across rolling farm land from Triangle Farm to Lucy to Hill 142. The Marines job was, simply stated “Hold the line at all hazards.” Harbord countermanded a French order to dig trenches several hundred years to the rear; he said “The Marines will hold where they stand.” With bayonets and mess kits, the men dug shallow foxholes, in which a rifleman could lie prone and do his job. There would be no falling back the Germans were not to pass.

The Germans ordered an advance on Marigny and Lucy and through the wood. Further south, other German Divisions were ordered to cross the Marne.

That afternoon of June 3rd, the German infantry, in extended lines, bayonets fixed, attacked the Marine positions through the wheat fields. Marines were hit; LT. Lemuel C. Shepherd, JR. took a bullet to the neck. They waited, watched the Germans come on in waves-and then, when they were only 100 yards away, the Marines opened with a deadly rifle fire. They mowed the enemy down and finally forced the survivors to stop and break through the grain fields for the tress behind them. That charge was the peak of the German drive; the Marines had held.

Wise later wrote “If ever was a miracle in the war that was it. With a wide front, much of it open, to pick and choose, the German attack had smashed squarely into the center of the lone two and a half miles we held. Had the same force hit either of our flanks, they could have crumpled us and cleaned us up.

I was in no position to exploit our success. The only thing in the world we could do was stick in our foxholes and hold that line. Out in front of us were Germans in unknown force. Both our flanks remained unprotected. God alone knew how far back of us any support might be. But the Germans never attacked us again.”

The German offensive was finished for the moment, unable to pierce the defense and extended to its utmost in men and supplies. German casualties were enormous. Paris was now out of reach. The German commanders gave the order to dig in on a defensive line including Torcy, Belleau Wood, Le Thiolet and the Hill 204 just west of Château-Thierry.

But the French were exhausted; all that night they made their way back through the American lines. One French major ordered Captain Lloyd Williams, commanding Wise’s right-hand company, to withdrawal his men. As legend has it, Williams retorted:”Retreat, hell. We just got here.” (Wise later claimed he had said the famous words.)

By 8A.M. on June 4, Major General Bundy took command of that piece of the Western Front. Now, the 23rd Infantry held the line from the Paris-Metz road north to Triangle Farm; then Holcomb’s battalion to Lucy, and Berry’s to hill 142. Artillery, communications and supply were moving up.

The next two days were a standoff; the Germans continued to make local assaults, and were thrown back by the Marines’ expert fire. Between the two forces fell a rain of rifle and machine-gun fire and shrapnel. The Marines recognized the bravery of the worn out German troops advancing in close formation to certain death. And shot them down.

The 167th French Division arrived to help out, and Bundy could consolidate. His 3rd Brigade was now on the south; the Marine Brigade to the north. They touched at the Triangle Farm. Each of Bundy’s four infantry and Marine regiments held some 2,000 yards of line, with two battalions up front and one in reserve. Catlin later wrote: “ We now stood facing the dark, sullen mystery of Belleau Wood, Berry on the west and Holcomb on the south.” It was time for the Americans to attack.

Again, the Germans coiled to strike out; but at 3:45 A. M on June 6, the Americans and the French jumped off first. The Plan: on the 2nd (U.S.) Division’s left the 167th French Division was to attack, while the Marines took Hill 142 to eliminate flanking fire against the 167th. Then in the climatic second phase at 5 P.M., the 2nd Division was to size the ridge overlooking the towns of Torcy and Belleau and occupy Belleau Wood and the town of Bouresches at the southeast corner beyond the wood.

But the battle would not go that way.

The Marines had made an important mistake. When the French had pulled back on June 4, they had told the Marines that Belleau Wood was empty of Germans; and the Marines had failed to send out scouting patrols to check for themselves. The French were wrong. The Germans were there- a regiment of German infantry with an  interlocking network of machine-gun nests and covered by artillery-the hard-nosed tip of their push to paris.

Before dawn, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (Turrill) was supposed to hit hill 142 with the 8th and 23rd Machine Gun companies and D Company of the 2nd Engineers. The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines (Berry) would move up on Turrill’s right. But most of Turrill’s command was still scattered on previous assignments. By H-Hour, only Captain Orlando C Crowthers’s 67th company and Captain George W. Hamilton’s 49th Company were on the mark. In the fark, they went over the top in four waves, with bayonets fixed, advanced in ranks into the wheat fields. After 50 yards, the machine guns destroyed them. Hamilton forced his men to their feet and to rush into a small woods. There, they found the entrenched Germans with steel. Crowther and 1st Sargent Daniel A “Beau” Hunter were both killed almost immediately. Hamilton urged his men through the woods and into another wheat field, where they again  came under heavy fire until they could reach the next little woods. Hamiltons men over ran their objective by 600 yards. Three Marines actually got into Torcy, where the Germans were concentrated. One of the three, wounded, was sent back for reinforcements. The two others found a hole and continued to fight from it. Two Germans attacked them. All four men died in that hole.

Hamilton had lost all five junior officers, and the 67th Company had only one of its five officers still alive. Hamilton tried to reorganize the two Marine companies; he established strong points and set up a defensive line. Suddenly, the Germans counterattacked, hurling grenades at the few Marines.

Gunnery Sargent Ernest A. Janson of the 49th Company spotted 12 Germans with automatic rifles crawling toward the Marines. He yelled a warning and killed the first two Germans with his bayonet. The others fled. For his swift stroke that saved his company, the thirty-nine-year-old sergeant from New York City ( who served under the name of Charles Hoffman) was the first Marine in World War I to win the Medal of Honor.

The rest of Turrills units began showing up and went into action. Captain Ll Williams’ 51st Company of Wise’s battalion was thrown in on Turrill’s left. But both Turrill’s flanks hung unprotected, and his men were exhausting their ammunition. His battalion lost nine officers and most of his 325 men and by afternoon won hill 241.

At 5 P.M., with a good three hours of daylight left, the second part of the American offensive began. Berry’s and Sibley’s Battalions went over the top and into a hail of German bullets. They moved forward and entered Belleau Wood.

As June 7th began, the battlefield was littered with the dead and wounded. The marine Brigade held a line more or less from Triangle Farm to Bouresches (the Germans still held the railroad station there) through the bottom of Belleau Wood and then north toward Hill 142.

The shelling and firing went on all day. After midnight, the Germans attacked and were stoped cold. At 4 A.M. on June 8th, Sibleys Battalion attacked and by ten o’clock had been halted with heavy losses. The German defense was too strong.

The battle was deadlocked. And that night south of Belleau Wood, the 1st battalion, 6th Marines, now led by Major John A. “Johnny the hard” Hughes, moved up to replace Sibley’s weary battalion. Sibley had lost 400 men, killed wounded and missing. Second LT. Timmerman’s platoon for example had 19 men left. Every officer of the 82nd Company was out of action.

Major Shearer, for the wounded Berry, took over the 3rd battalion, 5th Marines and replaced Holcomb’s men on the right and in Boursches.

Though out June 9th, an enormous, thundering American and French barrage devasted Belleau Wood. The attractive hunting preserve became a jungle of shattered trees filled with the smell of death. The Germans counter-fired, shelling Lucy and Bouresches and the ground between, and reorganized their defense inside the wood.

At 4:30 A.M. on June 10th, Hughes battalion and some of Major Edward B Cole’s 6th Machine Gun Battalion attacked Belleau Wood. At first the attack went easily; but by 7 A.M., the 75th Company had been stopped by enemy machine guns, and Major Cole was mortally wounded, Brigadier General Harbord had seriously underestimated the German strength in the wood.

Next Harbord ordered Wise’s 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines to attack the middle of the wood from the west, while Hughes advanced from the south. Wise’s units were understrength and tired from days and nights of fighting and shelling. The thirty-nine year old New Yorker- a veteran of China, the Philippines and the Caribbean- had lost 25 percent of his men. Wise later insisted Habord had ordered him to attack the northern edge of the wood.

Before dawn on June 11th, Wise’s battalion moved through the freshly plowed wheat fields and into thick protective morning mist. As they advanced on Belleau Wood, the men began to fall to heavy fire. The lead companies were shot to pieces. Lloyd Williams was wounded early and died that night. In the wood, it was small unit, close range warfare in the underbrush, with isolated platoons against the terror of the interlocking machine gun fire. Wise wrote later “ Nothing in all our training had foreseen fighting like this. If there was any strategy in it, it was the strategy of Red Indians. The only thing that drove those Marines through those woods in the face of such resistance as they met was their individual, elemental guts, plus the hardening of the training through which they had gone.”

There were no landmarks in the wood; and , unfortunately, these determined Marines were off target. Rather than heading northeast as expected, they moved directly across the wood’s narrow waist. Wise’s left-hand companies (Captain Charles Dunbeck’s 43rd and Captain Lester Wass’s 18th) ended up where his right should have been.

At 7 A.M., Brigadier General Harbord announced: “the northern end of the Bois de Belleau Wood belongs to the 5th Marines.” He was wrong. The Marines had not reached the northern part of the wood. Wise’s company commanders were further south than they thought they were-a massive and costly error.

Where they did hit, the Marines smashed the German defenders momentarily and destroyed their southern defense line. On German private, whose company had 30 men left out of 120, wrote in a letter, “We have Americans [Marines] opposite us who are terribly reckless fellows.” The Germans began calling them a name in which the Marines took pride: Teufelhunde– Devil Dogs.

North of Wise, the Germans established a new defensive line in the wood and poured in reinforcements. They were in the front of Wise and on his left flank. And half of Wise’s battalion was wiped out. That night, engineers and Marine replacements came up and went directly into the line.

Pershing’s headquarters had already announced to the world that the Americans had taken Belleau Wood. SO on June12th, the local commanders needed to make good the news. That afternoon, still believing there would be light resistance, Harbord ordered Wise to make another attack at 5 P.M. This time, the assault was led by the 55th Company of LT. E.D. Cooke USA; Dunbecks’s 43rd; and Wass’s 18th. Again Hughes’ battalion was to hit from the south, as Wise attacked from the west.

Because of the misinformation about the Marines’ location, the artillery barrage struck 1,000 yards too far in advance. Leaving the German defenders, nearest the Marines unharmed. The Germans met the attack with every thing they had, including mustard gas. The remaining Marines charged forward yelling. It was brutal no-quarter-given combat with rifle, pistol, bayonet. Private Aloysius Leitner, though mortally wounded, continued fighting and helped capture six Germans operating a machine-gun. He won the Army Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross posthumously.

Now the Marines pushed the Germans northward among the rocks and ravines of Belleau Wood. On the right, they pushed the Germans out of the wood; but other elements were still fighting inside. The entire Marine line was bombarded by high-explosive and mustard-gas shells. In the wood, young Captain Edward C. Fuller, the commander of the 75th Company and son of the future Commandant, was mortally wounded. At 3 A.M. on June 13th, the Germans struck at the wood’s eastern side and at Bouresches, where Shearer’s sharpshooting battalion stopped them cold.

Early that morning, Turrill’s 1st Battalion, 5th Marines was sent in but found that Wise was not where he saw suppose to be; the western part of the wood was unexpectedly full of Germans.

Holcomb was ordered to relieve Wise’s chewed-up battalion. But before he could move in, the Germans opened up a vicious mustard gas attack. Holcomb’s battalion suffered 160 gas casualties: Hughes’ and Wise’s battalions were also gassed. The 74th, 96th and 78th companies had to be evacuated because of the gas that choked men to death. Gunnery Sargent Fred W. Stockham of Detroit and the 96th company gave his gas mask to a wounded Marine whose mask had been shot away. Stockham was overcome by the poison gas and died several days later. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.

Finally, on the morning of the 15th, the 17th Company of Captain Roswell Winans, the young Hossier who had won the Medal of Honor as an enlisted man in the Dominican Republic, gained a foothold on the western side of the wood. Later that day and into the night, the Marine Brigade was relieved by the 7th Infantry, and the French. The front remained under Colonel Nevill’s command, with LT. Colonel Feland in charge of Belleau Wood.

The bearded exhausted Marines went to the rear; the Germans in their official reports called them vigorous, self-confident and remarkable marksmen. Two thousand eight hundred replacements filled the holes in their ranks.

In two weeks of battles the Marine Brigade had taken more than 50 percent casualties. Holcomb lost 21 officers and 836 men, Sibley lost 14 officers and 400 men, Turrill, lost 16 officers and 544 men, Wise , lost 19 officers and 615 men.

The 7th Infantry, untried in battle, was unable to budge the Germans from the wood. Shearer’s 3rd Battalion 5th Marines was brought back to clean out the German resistance, which Harbord continued to underestimate, Shearer attacked at 7 P.M. on June 23rd, quickly took 130 causalities and bogged down before the German machine-guns. It was a badly mangled operation.

Now, the Marine Brigade took over the front again. Shearer’s battalion was in the middle of the wood; Ralph S. Keyser, relieving Wise(who had been severely criticized by Harbord nd had blown up angrily at the General) was on his left, and Sibley’s battalion extended the line into Bouresches on the right. Holcomb, Turrill, and Hughes were in reserve.

At 5 P.M. on June 25th, following a massive all-day barrage-all too long delayed- Shearer’s battalion began to move through the wood. The artillery had knocked out the enemy machine-gun nest. The Marines took heavy casualties, but the Germans were running out of reinforcements and began pulling back to the Belleau-Torcy road north of the wood. One Marine runner Private Henry P. Lenert, stumbled into a German position was asked by its Captain in English whether there were more troops behind Shearer. The quick thinking private assured him that the 6th Marines were ready to pass through and attack at dawn. The captain conferred with his officers and then told the young Marine to lead the 82 Germans back to brigade headquarters as his prisoners.

At 7 A.M. on June 26th, Captain Robert Yowell’s 16th Company of Shearers’ battalion reached the north edge of Belleau Wood; and the battalion commander sent Harbord the message: “Woods now U.S. Marine Corps entirely.”

Shearer’s men had suffered 250 casualties, killed 150 Germans and taken some 300 prisoners and captured 30 machine guns. That night they were relieved by Holcomb’s battalion. The fighting and dying were not finished, but Belleau Wood was taken.

LOSSES: Marine Brigade: 126 Offices; 5,057 enlisted men (Killed or Wounded, Missing)

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE®

SOURCE: The U.S. Marine Corps Story
BY: J Robert Moskin
CONTRIBUTOR: Cade Pommeraan

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Presidential Commutations of Sentences: Obama 6 October 2016

101 Clemency Grants

Benjy Neil Allums
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine
District/Date:
Northern District of Florida; June 28, 2005
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $500 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Anthony Anderson
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute in excess of 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing cocaine base, and in excess of five kilograms of a mixture or substance containing cocaine
District/Date:
Southern District of Indiana; July 25, 2006
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Martavious Devonn Anderson
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (crack)
District/Date:
Middle District of North Carolina; July 2, 2009
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment.

Norwood Wallace Barber, Jr.
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base
District/Date:
Western District of Virginia; December 21, 2005
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $2,500 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of fine remitted.

Shawn Leo Barth
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute methamphetamine; distribution of a controlled substance methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; felon in possession of a firearm/ammunition
District/Date:
District of North Dakota; March 22, 2004
Sentence:
Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 322 months’ imprisonment.

Ronald Baskin
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine)
District/Date:
Western District of Wisconsin; October 1, 2007
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Desmond Belle
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
District of South Carolina; September 24, 2008
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment.

Michael Jay Bertram
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute a mixture of methamphetamine containing more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense
District/Date:
Northern District of Iowa; February 23, 2011
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Randy Boler
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine
District/Date:
Middle District of Pennsylvania; December 18, 2002
Sentence:
327 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $2,500 fine (April 18, 2002); amended to 267 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Christopher Steven Bowen
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base
District/Date:
Western District of Michigan; May 26, 2005
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $6,000 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of fine remitted.

Gary Brown
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base
District/Date:
District of Maine; October 11, 2006
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Philander Butler
Offense:
Possession of 120 grams cocaine base with intent to distribute
District/Date:
Western District of Tennessee; September 13, 1999
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment.

Ivan Calhoun
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture
District/Date:
Eastern District of Tennessee; August 1, 2005
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (March 1, 2004); amended to 238 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Alonzo Devon Campbell
Offense:
Distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
Eastern District of Michigan; February 13, 2008
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Angel Cardona
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine
District/Date:
Northern District of Ohio; December 15, 2003
Sentence:
210 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Lemond Carmickel
Offense:
Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine
District/Date:
Eastern District of Missouri; February 25, 2000
Sentence:
360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Arthur Clinkscale
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base
District/Date:
Northern District of Ohio; November 19, 2002
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Marc Collins
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (mixture)
District/Date:
Southern District of Indiana; March 4, 2008
Sentence:
210 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Aaron Keith Covington
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (four counts); possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (six counts); distribution of cocaine (six counts); possess with intent to distribute cocaine (two counts); money laundering
District/Date:
Eastern District of Virginia; April 6, 2000
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Eladio Cruz
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base (crack cocaine)
District/Date:
District of New Jersey; June 24, 2002
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Virgil Leon Darville
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of cocaine base and at least 500 grams of powder cocaine
District/Date:
Southern District of Florida; February 20, 2009
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Ernest Mordeau Deas
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine
District/Date:
District of South Carolina; January 18, 2006
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Nicholas Jolise Deering
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of cocaine base
District/Date:
Southern District of Iowa; June 29, 2010
Sentence:
223 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Delvin R. Dixon
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
District/Date:
Southern District of Iowa; February 10, 2009
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Martin Leroy Dwyer
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (commonly known as “crack” cocaine), five kilograms or more of powder cocaine, and a quantity of marijuana
District/Date:
District of South Carolina; August 23, 2010
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (July 17, 2008); amended to 188 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 4, 2017.

Nathan Robert Engel
Offense:
Distribution of methamphetamine
District/Date:
Southern District of Iowa; August 21, 2008
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Julio Figueroa
Offense:
1. Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; unlawfully maintaining a place for the manufacture of controlled substances; distribution of cocaine and aiding and abetting (four counts);

2. Supervised release violation (conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of cocaine; distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine and aiding and abetting);
District/Date:
1. Eastern District of Pennsylvania; June 19, 2008

2. Eastern District of Pennsylvania; November 4, 2008
Sentence:
1. 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release

2. 6 months’ imprisonment (consecutive)
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Anthony P. Flemming
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute and/or distribution of five (5) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five (5) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute less than 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine (two counts)
District/Date:
Western District of Pennsylvania; March 22, 2007
Sentence:
188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Leroy Fondren, Jr.
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime
District/Date:
District of Kansas; March 26, 2007
Sentence:
180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Todd Fitzgerald Frazier
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, crack cocaine
District/Date:
Middle District of Florida; November 10, 2005
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment.

Leticia Garcia
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute heroin
District/Date:
Central District of Illinois; July 18, 2008
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Lee Aaron George
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
Eastern District of Texas; April 14, 2010
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Alvin Green
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; use of a communications facility to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, aiding and abetting (two counts); money laundering, aiding and abetting
District/Date:
District of Colorado; April 7, 2004
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; three years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Roosevelt Hamlin
Offense:
Distribution of cocaine base (crack)
District/Date:
Central District of Illinois; May 5, 2010
Sentence:
360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 236 months’ imprisonment.

Lancell Maurice Harris
Offense:
Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (two counts); carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime (two counts)
District/Date:
Eastern District of Arkansas; November 25, 2014
Sentence:
421 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (December 1, 1993); amended to 397 months’ imprisonment (July 1, 2008); amended to 363 months’ imprisonment (November 3, 2011); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Lavelle Henderson
Offense:
Continuing criminal enterprise; money laundering
District/Date:
District of Kansas; November 22, 2002
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Lincoln Cardell Henderson
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of “crack” cocaine; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of “crack” cocaine
District/Date:
Western District of Missouri; August 31, 2004
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Marty Herndon
Offense:
Possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine)
District/Date:
District of South Carolina; April 13, 2004
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Willi J. Hill
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base
District/Date:
Southern District of Indiana; January 11, 1995
Sentence:
500 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $25,000 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Dontae Lamont Hunt
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (two counts); carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime
District/Date:
District of Oregon; September 23, 2005
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Arthur Jarrod Jackson
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute crack and aiding and abetting; carrying or use of a firearm during a drug crime and aiding and abetting; felon in possession of a firearm
District/Date:
Northern District of Texas; May 19, 1994
Sentence:
420 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; distribution of cocaine base and aiding and abetting
District/Date:
Northern District of Texas; December 3, 1996
Sentence:
320 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Rodrickus Antonio Jamison
Offense:
Distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
Western District of Virginia; July 31, 2006
Sentence:
188 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Cesar R. Jara
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana
District/Date:
Western District of Missouri; February 10, 2006
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

James Curtis Johnson
Offense:
Distribution of 55.4 grams of cocaine base
District/Date:
Eastern District of North Carolina; March 20, 2002
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Christian Jones
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and five grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
District of Colorado; February 20, 2002
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Mark Louis Katzin, Sr.
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense
District/Date:
Eastern District of Pennsylvania; May 15, 2002
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 1, 2017.

Roger Law
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (two counts); possession of a listed chemical with knowledge of its wrongful intended use; possession with intent to distribute marijuana
District/Date:
District of Idaho; November 8, 2001
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $2,000 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, and unpaid balance of fine remitted, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Jefferson Levine
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
Southern District of Florida; July 16, 2001
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 327 months’ imprisonment.

Brandon J. Lewis
Offense:
Drug trafficking conspiracy; use of telephone in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
District/Date:
Central District of Illinois; February 17, 2009
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 120 months’ imprisonment.

David Fitzgerald Lightner
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a quantity of cocaine base; possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base and aid and abet same
District/Date:
Western District of North Carolina; May 16, 1994
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; $25,000 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2017, and unpaid balance of fine remitted.

Gerald Lofton
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm
District/Date:
Northern District of Ohio; June 18, 2008
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Maria Conchita Marino
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine
District/Date:
Southern District of Iowa; February 29, 2008
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Victor Matias, Jr.
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; knowingly and intentionally distribute cocaine (three counts); knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute cocaine
District/Date:
Western District of Wisconsin; March 16, 2015
Sentence:
360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (March 29, 2001); amended to 292 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Jerald McCullough
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
Western District of Pennsylvania; July 2, 2009
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment.

Lamont Alvin McElveen
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as crack cocaine
District/Date:
District of South Carolina; March 29, 2004
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Jimmy Phillip Medina
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
District/Date:
District of Utah; April 27, 2005
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Joseph Mike
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine
District/Date:
Western District of North Carolina; October 1, 2010
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Ricky Gene Minor
Offense:
Attempt to manufacture methamphetamine
District/Date:
Northern District of Florida; August 22, 2001
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment.

Arlana Doris Moore
Offense:
Conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine list I chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine
District/Date:
Western District of Texas; August 25, 2010
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Rodger Lee Moran
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of actual methamphetamine
District/Date:
Southern District of Iowa; June 25, 2009
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Krishna Mote
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute in excess of 280 grams of cocaine base (crack) and in excess of 500 grams of cocaine; distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), aid and abet
District/Date:
Middle District of Pennsylvania; May 15, 2013
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Robert Lee Nickens
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine
District/Date:
Western District of Virginia; March 31, 2005
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; seven years’ supervised release; $500 fine
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on November 5, 2016.

Tesmone Darin Paschal
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; aided and abetted in the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
District/Date:
Eastern District of Tennessee; April 2, 2007
Sentence:
300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment.

Randy Patterson
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture
District/Date:
Eastern District of Tennessee; November 3, 2003
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Karl Eugene Peacock
Offense:
Conspiracy to violate 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
District/Date:
Western District of Louisiana; November 1, 2014
Sentence:
241 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 13, 2005); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 217 months’ imprisonment.

Raul Perez
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine
District/Date:
Middle District of Florida; September 27, 2001
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 292 months’ imprisonment.

Jerry Pirtle
Offense:
Distribution of 50 or more grams of cocaine base (crack)
District/Date:
Central District of Illinois; May 5, 2008
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Ronald Pirtle
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (incorrectly listed on the judgment as cocaine)
District/Date:
District of Maryland; December 22, 2004
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Cornelius D. Porter
Offense:
Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base
District/Date:
District of Maryland; December 9, 2002
Sentence:
360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Derrick Drake Price
Offense:
1. Conspiracy to distribute more than 5 grams of cocaine base;

2. Violation of supervised release (possession with intent to distribute cocaine base)
District/Date:
1.Western District of Texas; October 25, 2004

2. Western District of Texas; October 25, 2004
Sentence:
1. 188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release

2. 60 months’ imprisonment (consecutive)
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 211 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

John Purcell
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute and manufacture methamphetamine; manufacturing methamphetamine, aiding and abetting
District/Date:
Eastern District of Pennsylvania; May 16, 2007
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Jason Rakel
Offense:
Conspiracy to violate 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)
District/Date:
Western District of Louisiana; February 22, 2006
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Ronald Lee Razz
Offense:
Maintaining a drug involved premises; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
Southern District of Florida; April 14, 2006
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Andre Lefell Reese
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base and aiding and abetting; distribution of less than five grams of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of public elementary school and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of public elementary school and aiding and abetting
District/Date:
Northern District of Texas; May 1, 1998
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months’ imprisonment.

Jose Ramon Rivas
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack”)
District/Date:
Eastern District of Pennsylvania; June 22, 2005
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Chris Robinson
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride; use of a communication device (two counts)
District/Date:
Eastern District of Tennessee; April 5, 2007
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Kevin Dwayne Rodgers
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
District/Date:
Western District of Texas; October 23, 2008
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Eduardo Rodriguez
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
District of Puerto Rico; October 31, 2007
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Dameon Russell
Offense:
1. Supervised release violation (Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base);

2. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (four counts)
District/Date:
1.Eastern District of Michigan October 14, 2010

2. Eastern District of Michigan; January 24, 2013
Sentence:
1. 30 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release

2. 292 months’ imprisonment (concurrent); (December 15, 2010); amended to 210 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months’ imprisonment.

Jose Elias Salinas
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of methamphetamine, 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, and 100 grams or more but less than one kilogram of heroin
District/Date:
Eastern District of Texas; October 13, 2010
Sentence:
180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Russell Charles Seidel
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a controlled substance, aiding and abetting
District/Date:
District of North Dakota; June 28, 2011
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 120 months’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months’ imprisonment.

Eugene Durst Self
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base
District/Date:
Western District of Texas; October 29, 2009
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Frank Lavelle Sharpe
Offense:
Distribution of cocaine base (four counts)
District/Date:
Northern District of Florida; January 14, 1999
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Bart Ellis Shoupe
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana
District/Date:
Western District of Texas; June 20, 2003
Sentence:
235 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Kenny Siepker
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine mixture; unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine while on pretrial release
District/Date:
Northern District of Iowa; October 11, 2002
Sentence:
372 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months’ imprisonment.

Christopher Alan Simmons
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
District/Date:
Central District of Illinois; August 7, 2009
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment.

Kamal Sims
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (mixture)
District/Date:
Southern District of Indiana; December 18, 2008
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

James Harold Smith
Offense:
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (two counts)
District/Date:
Western District of Virginia; November 2, 2006
Sentence:
411 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Alan Jerome Spears
Offense:
Possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base (crack); possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack)
District/Date:
Northern District of Ohio; January 15, 2002
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Lamarcus Walthugh Stilling
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base
District/Date:
Middle District of Florida; March 6, 2009
Sentence:
188 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months’ imprisonment.

Charles E. Stokes
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base
District/Date:
Southern District of Florida; June 3, 1996
Sentence:
Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

James A. Stone
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, and aiding and abetting
District/Date:
Eastern District of Kentucky; June 23, 2000
Sentence:
Life imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment.

Ausby Stowers
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base
District/Date:
District of Minnesota; April 19, 2002
Sentence:
262 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Shane Alan Taylor
Offense:
Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine
District/Date:
District of Utah; April 26, 2005
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $3,039.03 restitution
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018 and unpaid balance of restitution obligation remitted, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Chip J.W. Teague
Offense:
Possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of firearm moved in interstate commerce (three counts); possession of firearm during drug trafficking crime (two counts); possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; manufacture methamphetamine (two counts); maintain place for manufacture of methamphetamine
District/Date:
Eastern District of Oklahoma; May 25, 2000
Sentence:
495 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Lawrence Kemp Tennille
Offense:
Conspiracy with intent to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing detectable amount of cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance
District/Date:
Eastern District of Kentucky; September 12, 1997
Sentence:
Life imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

Wilfredo Vasquez
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 import narcotics)
District/Date:
1. Middle District of Florida; February 19, 2002

2. Middle District of Florida; March 7, 2002
Sentence:
1. Life imprisonment

2. 27 months’ imprisonment (consecutive)
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

Manuel Viera
Offense:
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride
District/Date:
Middle District of Florida; August 21, 2009
Sentence:
240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 120 months’ imprisonment.

Shannon Alexander Washington
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; carrying firearm and ammunition during and in relation to drug trafficking crime
District/Date:
Eastern District of Kentucky; October 6, 2008
Sentence:
Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 28, 2007); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Henry Lee White
Offense:
Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; using and carrying a firearm during and relation to a drug trafficking crime
District/Date:
Middle District of Florida; May 18, 1999
Sentence:
420 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (October 21, 1998); amended to 340 months’ imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 3, 2017.

Charles M. Woolsey
Offense:
Possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture); possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; prohibited person in possession of a firearm
District/Date:
Southern District of Indiana; October 21, 2008
Sentence:
300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 27, 2006); amended to life imprisonment
Terms of grant:
Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months’ imprisonment.

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE®

SOURCE: United States Department of Justice
CONTRIBUTOR: Eddy Toorall