Yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences for 214 people, including four from Michigan.

The four men are as follows:

  • William Anthony Freeman from Detroit
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; Eastern District of Michigan
    Sentence: 480 months' imprisonment; five years supervised release (December 14, 1990). Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.
  • Samuel Grooms from Clinton Township
    Offense: Conspiracy with intent to distribute heroin; attempted possession with intent to distribute heroin; Eastern District of Michigan
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (May 23, 2005). Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months' imprisonment.
  • Vince Cordell King from Detroit
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); using or carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; felon in possession of a firearm; Eastern District of Michigan
    Sentence: Life plus five years' imprisonment; eight years supervised release (May 21, 1996). Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.
  • John L. Tolliver from Holly
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Illinois
    Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years supervised release; $250 fine (June 23, 2005). Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016, and 10-year term of supervised release commuted to five-year term of supervised release.

Yesterday's announcement goes down as the most commutations in one day since 1900. Hopefully these guys can use this opportunity to turn their lives around!