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La. drug offenders get sentences commuted by Obama

6 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, December 18 2015 Dec 18, 2015 December 18, 2015 2:38 PM December 18, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Two drug offenders from Louisiana are among the 95 whose prison sentences have been commuted by President Barack Obama.

Both men were serving lengthy prison terms for nonviolent crimes involving cocaine. 

On the list of sentence commutations released Friday by the White House were Eddie Lee Cooks of Monroe and Wilbert L. Shoemaker of Tallulah.

Cooks was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and three counts of distribution of cocaine. His sentence will expire on Dec. 18, 2016.

Shoemaker was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2004 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana. His sentence will expire on April 16. 

The 95 commutations are the most Obama has issued at one time. They mostly benefit nonviolent drug offenders.

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