Full List: President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons of 21 People

Full List: President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons of 21 People

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In October 2004, the justice reform organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) wrote, “in a record that may surprise many political observers, the Obama administration’s pardon attorney, Ronald Rodgers, has teed up the lowest rate of pardons and commutations of any recent administration,” regarding Presidential pardons. 

“This president is the most miserly pardoner of any modern president,” says MSNBC.com Managing Editor Dafna Linzer, who led an investigation on the presidential pardon power for theWashington Post and Pro-Publica.

Today, President Obama pardoned 21 people.  The full list is below:

The White House: Today President Barack Obama granted clemency to twenty-one individuals, consisting of eight commutations and thirteen 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 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 (Apr. 19, 1996)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014
  • Jason Hernandez – McKinney, Tex.
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances; possession with intent to distribute and distribute crack cocaine and methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute a mixture of methamphetamine and cocaine hydrochloride; distribution of a controlled substance between 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 distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Southern District of Florida)
    Sentence: Life imprisonment (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 (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 crack (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:  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 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, six months’ home confinement, 100 hours community service, $5,000 restitution, $1,000 fine (Nov. 18, 1996)
  • Joe Hatch – 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: 51 months’ imprisonment subsequently reduced to 18 months due to substantial assistance, 2 years’ supervised release (Oct. 2, 1992; amended May 21, 1993)
  • Alfred J. Mack – Manassas, Va.
    Offense: Unlawful distribution of heroin  (District of Columbia)
    Sentence: 18 to 54 months’ imprisonment (Apr. 5, 1982)
  • Robert Andrew Schindler – Goshen, Va.
    Offense: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud (District of Utah)
    Sentence: Three years’ probation, 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 – Bassett, Va.
    Offense: Bank embezzlement; false entries in the books of a lending institution (Western District of Virginia)
    Sentence: One day imprisonment, three years’ supervised release (including five months home confinement) (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 – Omaha, Neb.
    Offense: Conspiracy to violate narcotics laws (District of Nebraska)
    Sentence: Four years’ probation, six months home confinement, drug and alcohol treatment, 200 hours’ community service (Jun. 25, 1996)
  • Miles Thomas Wilson – Williamsburg, Ohio.
    Offense: Mail fraud (Southern District of Ohio)
    Sentence: Three years’ imprisonment (suspended), three years’ supervised release (Jul. 15, 1981)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank You President Obama!

    I remember your first day in office, signing over 500 Bills.
    What I am trying to say is that throughout all of the Hell America has put you through on any and every issue that arises, you have stood strong and never forgot about the Mandatory Mininmum Sentencing Guidelines.
    I have been an advocate and a member of FAMM for more than 10 yrs. now, and with all the Tea-party garbage, the budget, the wars, unemployment, immigration, healthcare etc. etc. I honestly forgot about MM Sentencing.
    Thank-you for staying focused and continuing your fight for Justice for all, and for continuing to keep your promise about Hope and Change.
    I love you, Michele, Malia, Sasa, Mrs. Robinson, Bo and his companion.
    May God continue to bless you and yours!
    p.s. Excuse me First Lady Michele, gotta keep it 100. Mr. President you are one fine, handsome young man. Baby, your Salt & Pepper is gorgeous. Keep posting the Barack Loves Michele on fb. Also, please thank your staff for contacting the S.S.A. and helping me to get my Medicare Part B Back. Thank you for the Affordable Care Act. To heck with all the Bogus Polls, WE, the real people in America Love you all, Your family and the whole Obama Administration. Thanks for keeping a watch on LAPD, NYPD, and CPD. 137 shots that killed 2 innocent people in Cleveland, Ohio. Happy Holidays!

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