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Knoxville Man’s Drug Sentence Commuted by President Obama

July 15, 2015

Thanks to President Obama’s recent push for prison reform, a Knoxville man was one of 46 federal prisoners who saw their sentences commuted. In a video released by the White House, the President advocated for alternative sentences for nonviolent, drug-related charges, saying that the “punishments didn’t fit the crime.” The man will now be released 8 months early.

The man was initially convicted of intent to distribute 26.5 grams of cocaine in 2001. He was identified as a “career offender” due to his prior criminal history, which lengthened his sentence considerably. The man was sentenced to 20 years in prison with an additional 8 years of supervised release. Harsh sentencing like this was not uncommon for drug-related crimes in the past.

The President’s announcement benefits many non-violent prisoners, but an expert attorney can assist even further. When you hire legal representation, an attorney can defend your rights and fight for your freedom.

Not every person is going to be pardoned by the President. You need a knowledgeable, hard-working Tennessee attorney on your side. Contact Baker & Associates today at (866) 853-2888 to schedule a consultation.