Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men
NEW ORLEANS - Two Louisiana men were among 46 inmates nationwide whose prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses were commuted by President Barack Obama.
On Monday, Obama cut the sentences of Brian Nickles, a 46-year-old man from New Orleans, and James Nathan Walton, a 42-year-old man from Thibodaux.
Both men are black and were serving 20-year sentences for drug offenses and were due to be released in 2021, according to federal records.
Nickles is locked up at a federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, and Walton in a federal prison in Pollock, Louisiana.
Obama wrote a personal letter to each of the 46 individuals to notify them of their commutations. Their sentences all now expire on Nov. 10, 2015.
A commutation leaves the conviction in place, but reduces the punishment.