Wednesday, March 30, 2016

President Obama commutes sentences of 61 inmates -- including two from Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WPMG) -- Two people from Louisville are among 61 federal prisoners with drug-related offenses whose sentences were commuted by President Obama Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the White House press secretary.
White House counsel Neil Eggleston says more than a third of the inmates were serving life sentences. Obama's commutation shortens their sentences. Most will be released July 28.

All of the inmates are serving time for drug possession, intent to sell or related crimes. Most are nonviolent offenders, although a few were also charged with firearms violations.
The list includes Robert Anthony Anderson, of Louisville, who was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, as well as aiding and abetting. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Aug. 8, 1994. Anderson's prison sentence was commuted to expire on March 30, 2017.

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Robin Evette Shoulders, also of Louisville, is also on the list. Shoulders was charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. On Dec. 16, 2012, Shoulders was sentenced to 240 months of imprisonment, with 10 years of supervised release. Shoulders' sentence was commuted to expire on Sept. 26.
The commutations bring to 248 the number of inmates whose sentences Obama has commuted. The White House says that's more than the past six presidents combined.

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Obama will meet Wednesday with people whose sentences were previously commuted under Obama or under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The White House says they'll discuss re-entering society after incarceration.

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