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Obama commutes sentences of 2 Louisiana men

4 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Monday, July 13 2015 Jul 13, 2015 July 13, 2015 3:11 PM July 13, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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