CORRECTED HEADLINE: Obama releases 9 Alabama drug dealers…

Wrong.

Here are the facts…

Commutations

  • Jonathan Rodrico Carter of Anniston was sentenced in 2006 to life in prison and 10 years supervised release on charges of possession with the intent to distribute a cocaine base. His prison sentence was commuted to end on Dec. 19, 2018 with enrollment in a drug treatment program upon release.
  • Jeremy Conner of Tarrant was sentenced in 2011 to life plus 60 months imprisonment with 10 years supervised release for possession with an intent to distribute cocaine base, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a fire arm. Prison sentence commuted to a term to 15 years imprisonment, with enrollment in residential drug treatment upon release.
  • Curtis Drayton of Prattville was sentenced in 1995 to life with five years supervised release for four counts of distribution of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting. His prison sentence was commuted to expire April 18, 2017.
  • George Ralph Ellis of Birmingham was sentenced in 2005 to 15 years imprisonment with five years supervised release for possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing marijuana, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; and possession with intent to distribute a substance containing cocaine base. His prison sentence was commuted to expire on April 18, 2017.
  • Cecil Ray Frye of Saraland was sentenced in 2007 to 548 months imprisonment for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking felony. Prison sentence was commuted to 211 months’ imprisonment with enrollment in a residential drug treatment program upon release.
  • Scherean Jean Means of Birmingham was sentenced in 1996 to life imprisonment with 10 years supervised release for conspiracy with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana; and five counts of using a communication facility to commit, cause or facilitate commission of drug felony. Prison sentence commuted to 360 months imprisonment.
  • Jamael Aaron Nettles of Mobile was sentenced to 365 months imprisonment and four years supervised release in 2006 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and simple possession of marijuana. Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 18, 2017.
  • Lawrence Maurice Powe of Mobile was sentenced to 40 years in prison and five years supervised release in 1992 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute schedule II controlled substance; possess with intent to distribute schedule II controlled substance; and two counts of use of firearm in a drug trafficking felony. He was also assessed a $100,000 fine and $900,000 in forfeiture obligations. Prison sentence commuted to expire on Dec. 18, 2018 and unpaid balance of forfeiture obligation remitted with enrollment in a residential drug treatment.
  • Mark David Turner of Opelika was sentenced to 481 months in prison and five years supervised release in 2002 for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute 50  grams or more of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of pseudoephedrine; two counts of using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and two counts of manufacture and possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. Prison sentence was commuted to expire on Dec. 19, 2018 conditioned on enrollment in a drug treatment facility.

Pardons

  • Jesse Daniel Burgher of Montgomery was sentenced on Sept. 8, 1989 to five years in prison for possession with intent to distributed at least 100 kilograms of marijuana.
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