President Obama commutes sentences of dozens of cocaine dealers, 2 from VA

President Obama commutes sentences of dozens of cocaine dealers, 2 from VA
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - President Obama has commuted the sentence of 58 convicts, many of whom were sentenced for conspiracy to distribute cocaine or methamphetamine.

Two of the convicts have ties to Virginia:

Timothy Antjuan Augustus – Hampton, VA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine base and cocaine; Eastern District of Virginia
Sentence: 210 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (March 1, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on September 2, 2016.

Wade Cutchen – Newport News, VA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin and cocaine; possession with intent to distribute heroin; Eastern District of Virginia
Sentence: 324 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (September 15, 2000); amended to 262 months imprisonment (May 19, 2015)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on February 2, 2017.

For the full list, see the White House press release.

18 of the convicts were originally given life sentences. The action is part of a broader effort to overhaul the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders.

Many of the convicts will be out on September 2, though some will be released over the next two years.

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