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Thursday, December 19, 2013
President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons

Today President Barack Obama granted clemency to 21 individuals, consisting of eight commutations and 13 pardons.

The President granted commutations to the following eight individuals:

  • Clarence Aaron - Mobile, Ala.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute (Southern District of Alabama)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment, five years' supervised release (Dec. 10, 1993)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014 
  • Stephanie Yvette George - Pensacola, Fla.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess cocaine base with intent to distribute (Northern District of Florida)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment, ten years' supervised release (May 5, 1997)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014 
  • Ezell Gilbert - Tampa, Fla.
    Offense: Possession with intent to deliver cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute marijuana (Middle District of Florida)
    Sentence:  292 months' imprisonment, five years' supervised release (Mar. 25, 1997)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to time already served 
  • Helen R. Alexander Gray - Ty Ty, Ga.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (Middle District of Georgia)
    Sentence:  240 months' imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Oct. 8, 1996)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014 
  • Jason Hernandez - McKinney, Tex.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute a mixture of methamphetamine and cocaine hydrochloride; distribution of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a protected property; establishing a place for manufacture and distribution of controlled substances (Eastern District of Texas)
    Sentence:  Life imprisonment; eight years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (Oct. 2, 1998)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to 240 months (20 years) 
  • Ricky Eugene Patterson - Fort Pierce, Fla.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Southern District of Florida)
    Sentence: Life imprisonment, 10 years’ supervised release (Aug. 3, 1995)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014 
  • Billy Ray Wheelock - Belton, Tex.
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute and distributing more than 5 grams of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school (Western District of Texas)
    Sentence: Life imprisonment, 10 years' supervised release, $3,000 fine (Jun. 9, 1993)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014 
  • Reynolds Allen Wintersmith, Jr. - Rockford, Ill.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Illinois)
    Sentence: Life imprisonment, five years' supervised release, $1,000 fine (Nov. 23, 1994)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014 

The President granted pardons to the following thirteen individuals:

  • William Ricardo Alvarez - Marietta, Ga.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin ; conspiracy to import heroin (District of Puerto Rico)
    Sentence:  Time served after service of nine months' imprisonment, four years' supervised release (Apr. 30, 1997; amended Jul. 31, 1997) 
  • Charlie Lee Davis, Jr . - Wetumpka, Ala.
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; use of a minor to distribute cocaine base (Middle District of Alabama)
    Sentence: 87 months' imprisonment, five years' supervised release (Mar. 21, 1995) 
  • Ronald Eugene Greenwood - Crane, Mo.
    Offense: Conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act  (District of South Dakota)
    Sentence: Three years' probation, conditioned on six months' home confinement and 100 hours’ community service, $5,000 restitution, $1,000 fine (Nov. 18, 1996) 
  • Little Joe Hatch , aka Joe Hatch Sr. - Lake Placid, Fla.
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute marijuana  (Southern District of Florida)
    Sentence: 60 months' imprisonment, four years' supervised release (May 15, 1990) 
  • Martin Alan Hatcher . - Foley, Ala.
    Offense: Distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana (Southern District of Alabama)
    Sentence: Five years' probation (Nov. 9, 1992) 
  • Derek James Laliberte - Auburn, Me.
    Offense: Money laundering (District of Maine)
    Sentence: 18 months imprisonment, 2 years' supervised release (Oct. 2, 1992, as amended May 21, 1993) 
  • Alfred J. Mack - Manassas, Va.
    Offense: Unlawful distribution of heroin  (District of Columbia Superior Court)
    Sentence: 18 to 54 months' imprisonment (Apr. 5, 1982) 
  • Robert Andrew Schindler - Goshen, Va.
    Offense: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud (District of Utah)
    Sentence: Three years' probation conditioned on four months' home confinement, $10,000 restitution (May 14, 1996) 
  • Willie Shaw, Jr. - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    Offense: Armed bank robbery (District of South Carolina)
    Sentence: Fifteen years' imprisonment (Aug. 7, 1974) 
  • Kimberly Lynn Stout , formerly known as Kimberly Lynn Cooley - Bassett, Va.
    Offense: Bank embezzlement; false entries in the books of a lending institution (Western District of Virginia)
    Sentence: One day of imprisonment, three years' supervised release, conditioned on five months’ home detention) (Nov. 9, 1993) 
  • Bernard Anthony Sutton, Jr. - Norfolk, Va.
    Offense: Theft of personal property (Eastern District of Virginia)
    Sentence: Three years' probation, $825 restitution, $500 fine (Apr. 4, 1989) 
  • Chris DeAnn Switzer , formerly known as Chris DeAnn Rasco - Omaha, Neb.
    Offense: Conspiracy to violate narcotics laws (methamphetamine) (District of Nebraska)
    Sentence: Four years' probation, conditioned on six months’ home confinement and 200 hours' community service (Jun. 25, 1996) 
  • Miles Thomas Wilson - Williamsburg, Ohio.
    Offense: Mail fraud (Southern District of Ohio)
    Sentence: Three years’ probation (Jul. 15, 1981)

 

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