Obama commutes drug-related sentences of 2 Ohio men

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has granted clemency to two Ohioans imprisoned for life as part of his latest round of commutations.

The two federal inmates were among 72 people in Obama’s latest round of commutations, announced Friday. Most were convicted of nonviolent crimes related to cocaine or other drugs, though some also had firearms convictions in connection to drug trafficking, possession or sales.

Donald L. Graham, of Cincinnati, had his life sentence from 2008 on charges related to cocaine possession and distribution commuted to expire next year, on March 4.

Madison Pugh, Jr., of Akron, had a life sentence imposed in 1996 commuted to a 30-year term, depending on enrollment in a residential drug treatment program.

In all, Obama has granted 944 people clemency, including 324 who were serving life sentences.


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