Ohio man’s sentence for federal drug conviction commuted


GROVEPORT, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama’s latest round of commutations of prisoners serving time for drug offenses includes an Ohio man sentenced to life in federal prison for selling crack cocaine.

Forty-six-year-old Garrie Lavert Samuels, who lived in the Columbus suburb of Groveport, was one of 42 people whose sentences were commuted Friday by Obama.

Samuels was convicted in federal court in Midland, Texas, of drug conspiracy charges and sentenced to life in prison in April 2003. His sentence is now scheduled to end Oct. 1

The White House said many of those who received commutations would have already finished their sentences if they’d been sentenced under current, less onerous guidelines. The White House said Obama has commuted nearly 350 federal prisoners, more than the last six presidents combined.

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