Obama commutes sentences for 3 federal inmates from Indiana
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 102 federal inmates as part of his ongoing push to grant clemency during his final months in office.
The latest round brings to 774 the number of sentences Obama has commuted, including 590 this year. The White House says it’s more than the previous 11 presidents put together.
Almost all of those receiving commutations were convicted of drug-related offenses. Most are considered nonviolent offenders, although some were convicted of firearms charges in connection with drug crimes.
Many of the recipients had been serving life sentences.
Out of those 102 inmates, three of them are from Indiana. Here are their names and details of their sentences.
Willi J. Hill — Indianapolis, Indiana
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Southern District of Indiana.
Sentence: 500 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $25,000 fine (Jan. 11, 1995).
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.
Kamal Sims — Evansville, Indiana
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (mixture); Southern District of Indiana.
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Dec. 18, 2008).
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on October 6, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
Charles M. Woolsey — West Baden Springs, Indiana
Offense: Possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture); possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession of marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; prohibited person in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Indiana.
Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Oct. 27, 2006); amended to life imprisonment (Oct. 21, 2008).
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months’ imprisonment.