President commutes sentences of 6 from Tennessee and Kentucky, 5 from Illinois
Six people from Tennessee and Kentucky and five from Illinois are among the 61 prisoners who had their sentences commuted Wednesday by President Barack Obama.
The six Tennessee and Kentucky residents whose sentences were commuted were drug dealers who were sentenced to serve anywhere from 16 years to life in prison. Four are scheduled to be released on July 28.
Robert Anthony Anderson of Louisville was serving a life sentence for his involvement in a cocaine distribution ring.
Nathan Carter of Memphis was also serving a life sentence in prison. He was convicted on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. One count involved 121 grams of the cocaine, and the other amount was 65.8 grams of the drug.
The others include Lamont Durville Glass of Knoxville, Robin Evette Shoulders of Louisville, Eric Smith of Memphis and Michael Yandal of Murray.
Three of the Illinois inmates whose sentences were commuted were serving life terms for drug crimes.
One of the inmates, Jesse Webster of Chicago, is serving a life term for intent to sell cocaine and filing false tax returns. Webster is to be released Sept. 26.
The two other Illinoisans serving life sentences are Larry Nokes of Quincy and Ismael Rosa of Chicago. Nokes is to be released July 28 and Rosa next March.
Obama also commuted the 30-year sentence of Jose Ramon Rivera of Chicago on heroin counts. Rivera will be released July 28. Ernest Spiller of East St. Louis will be released July 28 too. He faced nearly 30 years for crack cocaine and firearms convictions.