Francis Darrell Hayden, 65, sentenced to life for marijuana in 2002, will be released in July.

Francis Darrell Hayden, 65, sentenced to life for marijuana in 2002, will be released in July.

President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 drug prisoners Tuesday. The breakdown:

  • Offense: 12 crack cocaine only; 3 powder cocaine only; 2 powder and crack; 2 meth, 1 meth-and heroin, 1 marijuana, 1 drugs unspecified
  • Race: 16 African American, 6 white, including 5 who are of Hispanic origin.
  • Gender: 20 men, 2 women.
  • Life sentences. 8. Dates given: 1992, 1993, 1995 (2), 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002.

The names, ages, race, offense and release dates of the 22 people who had their sentences shortened Tuesday by President Barack Obama.


Terry Andre Barnes, 40, male, black, East Moline, Illinois.
Offense: crack cocaine; supervised release violation (crack cocaine)
Prosecuted in: Southern District of Iowa.
Sentenced to: 246 months’ imprisonment in 2005. Release date: August 15, 2022.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Read Obama’s commutation letter to Terry here.


Theresa Brown, 48, female, black, Pompano Beach, Florida

Theresa Brown

Theresa Brown

Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Southern District of Florida
Sentenced to: Life imprisonment in 1995. Release date: Death.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: “She shrieked with joy,” said federal public defender Michael Caruso when he told her. Theresa’s judge supported her release.


Donel Marcus Clark

Donel Marcus Clark

Donel Marcus Clark, 51, male, black, Dallas, Texas.
Offense: powder cocaine.
Prosecuted in: Northern District of Texas
Sentenced to: 420 months’ imprisonment in 1993; reduced o 360 months’ imprisonment in 2008. Release date: July 28, 2019.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Perfect behavior record in prison. Donel’s story here.


Ricky Bernard Coggins, 52, male, black, Tallahassee, Florida
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Northern District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment in 1993. Release date: Death.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires on July 28, 2015.


Samuel Pasqual Edmondson, 57, male, white, Junction City, Kansas
Offense: methamphetamine.
Prosecuted in: Eastern District of Texas.
Sentenced to: Life imprisonment in 1997. Release date: Death.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Sentenced to life by video. Samuel objected, wanted to be in court. Court upheld video sentencing.


Amado Garcia, 61, male, white, Fresno, California
Offense: methamphetamine, heroin.
Prosecuted in: Wyoming
Sentenced to: 240 months’ imprisonment in 2001. Release date: Jan. 19, 2019.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


Dwight Anthony Goddard, 46, male, black,Decatur, Georgia
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Middle District of Georgia
Sentenced to: 235 months’ imprisonment in 2002. Sentence to expire: Sept. 5, 2018.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Example of “jurisdiction shopping:” Local sheriff made arrest, no federal involvement; prosecuted in federal court for longer sentence.


Lionel Ray Hairston, 44, male, black, Ridgeway, Virginia
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Western District of Virginia)
Sentenced to: 262 months imprisonment in 1999.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


Francis Darrell Hayden, 65, male, white, Loretto, Kentucky
Offense: marijuana
Prosecuted in: Eastern District of Michigan
Sentenced to: Life imprisonment in 2002. Release date: Death.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Had bypass surgery in prison in November. Story on case here.


Harold Kenneth Herring, 65, male, black, Havana, Florida
Offense: crack cocaine.
Prosecuted in: Northern District of Florida
Sentenced to: Life imprisonment in 1998. Release date: Death.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: No violence. Mandatory minimum life sentence because of previous drug arrests.


Tommie Lee Hollingshed, 44, male, black, Memphis, Tennessee
Offense: drugs
Prosecuted in: Western District of Tennessee
Sentenced to: 324 months imprisonment in 1996. Release date: July 16, 2019.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires on July 28, 2015.

Notes: Model prisoner; no incident reports in 13 years.


Derrick DeWayne Johnson, 35, male, black, Birmingham, Alabama
Offense: powder cocaine
Prosecuted in:Northern District of Alabama
Sentenced to: 360 months in 1998. Release date: August 1, 2015.
Commutation: Prison sentence commuted to 262 months. New release date: Unclear.


Robert Martinez-Gil, 66, male, white, San Antonio, Texas
Offense: cocaine, heroin
Prosecuted in: Western District of Texas
Sentenced to: Life imprisonment in 1992. Release date: Death.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Prison warden stood up for Robert. “Robert has reformed and rehabilitated himself and poses no threat to the outside world,” wrote Associate Warden D.G. Bruce.


David Navejar, 47, male, white, Brooksville, Florida
Offense: methamphetamine
Prosecuted in: Middle District of Florida
Sentenced to: 240 months in 2003. Release date: Oct. 26, 2019.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


Rudolph Norris, 57, male, black, Washington, D.C.
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: District of Columbia
Sentenced to: 360 months in 1993. Release date: Sept. 16, 2018
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


Tracy Lynn Petty, 46, female, black, Shelby, North Carolina
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Western District of North Carolina
Sentenced to: 240 months in 2006, reduced to 204 months in 2008. Release date: July 27, 2019.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


 

Luis Razo, 61, male, white, Davenport, Iowa
Offense: powder cocaine
Prosecuted in: Southern District of Iowa
Sentenced to: 240 months in 2003. Release date: Sept. 5, 2019.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


Antwon Rogers, 44, male, black, Cleveland, Ohio
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Northern District of Ohio
Sentenced to: Life imprisonment in 1995. Release date: Death
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


Herman Rosenboro, 64, male, black, Kingsport, Tennessee
Offense: powder and crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Eastern District of Tennessee
Sentenced to: Life imprisonment in 2001. Release date: Death.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Small-time local dealer received a mandatory minimum life sentence because of two previous drug convictions. Sick with many ailments, Herman is at the federal prison medical center in Springfield, Mo., and on organize transplant waiting list.


Lawrence Elmo Scott, 59, male, black, Lynchburg, Virginia
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Western District of Virginia
Sentenced to: 283 months in 2003.Release date: March 31, 2023.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: Scott, a crack user, sold one-tenth of gram for $10 to another user within 1,000-feet of school on Oct. 16, 2002. Locked up ever since.  Had been moved to low security prison for exemplary behavior.


Levar V. Wade, 37, male, black, Chicago, Illinois
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Central District of Illinois
Sentenced to: 240 months in 2004. Release date: Oct. 17, 2020.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.


Eugene Winters, 45, male, black, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Offense: crack cocaine
Prosecuted in: Southern District of Iowa
Sentenced to: 240 months in 2005. Release date: Oct. 12, 2021.
Commutation: Prison sentence expires July 28, 2015.

Notes: At sentencing, federal judge said: “Mr. Winters, I know this sentence is overly harsh but my hands are tied by the law.”


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