Obama commutes the prison sentences of 15 Floridians

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BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF

As part of President Obama’s commitment to commute – reduce the severity of punishment – of people sentenced to long prison terms for non-violent drug-related crimes, on Tuesday the White House released a list of 111 people whose prison sentences were commuted. Fifteen were Floridians, as follows:
•Alfonso Allen, Miami, convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other crimes; sentence of life plus 10 years commuted to 360 months’ imprisonment.
•Ronald Owen Bilbrey, Jr., Winter Haven, convicted of conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances and other crimes; sentence of 360 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•Brad Bradley Bradford, Tampa, convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine; sentence of 180 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Aug. 30, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
•Roosevelt Brockington, Fort Lauderdale, convicted of distribution of cocaine, sentence of 262 months’ imprisonment commuted to188 months.
•Bobby Richard Cotton, Jr., Tampa, convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, sentence of 262 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•Aubrey Jermaine Cummings, Miami, convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, sentence of life imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•William R. Downs, Daytona Beach, convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, sentence of 260 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•Darryl Ellis, Fort Pierce, convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, sentence of life imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•Ronnie Lorenzo Hardy, Chipley, convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine and other crimes, sentence of life plus 60 months’ imprisonment commuted to a term of 270 months.
•Isaac Simmons Johnson, Macclenny, convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, sentence of 360 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•Walter Johnson, Tampa, convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, sentence of 360 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•Gregory Augusta Ransom, II, Panama City, convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, sentence of 240 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Aug. 30, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
•Uriah Alfred Rose, Miami, convicted of possession of crack cocaine; sentence of 188 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Aug. 30, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
•George E. Smith, Riviera Beach, convicted of distributing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, sentence of 235 months’ imprisonment commuted to expire on Dec. 28, 2016.
•Timothy L. Tyler, St. Petersburg, convicted of possession of LSD, sentence of life imprisonment commuted to expire on Aug. 30, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

To date, President Obama has granted 673 commutations, with 325 people in the month of August 2016 alone. More than one-third of the president’s commutation recipients were serving life sentences.

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