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On Thursday, President Obama issued an order of full and unconditional pardons for thirteen convicted felons, and commuted the sentences of eight others currently in prison.

Nearly all of the recipients were convicted crack-cocaine dealers.

In a statement, Obama said:

Three years ago, I signed the bipartisan Fair Sentencing Act, which dramatically narrowed the disparity between penalties for crack and powder cocaine offenses. This law began to right a decades-old injustice, but for thousands of inmates, it came too late. If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society. Instead, because of a disparity in the law that is now recognized as unjust, they remain in prison, separated from their families and their communities, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.

Today, I am commuting the prison terms of eight men and women who were sentenced under an unfair system.

Those pardoned and whose sentences were commuted, follows:

-Clarence Aaron (Mobile, Ala.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; attempt to possess cocaine with intent to distribute
Sentence: Life in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014

-Stephanie Yvette George (Pensacola, Fla.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to possess cocaine base with intent to distribute
Sentence: Life in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014

-Ezell Gilbert (Tampa, Fla.)
Conviction: Possession with intent to deliver cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute marijuana
Sentence: 292 months in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to time already served

-Helen Alexander Gray (Ty Ty, Ga.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Sentence: 240 months in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014

-Jason Hernandez (McKinney, Tex.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances; possession with intent to distribute and distribute crack cocaine and methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute a mixture of methamphetamine and cocaine hydrochloride; distribution of a controlled substance between 1,000 feet of a protected property; establishing a place for manufacture and distribution of controlled substances
Sentence: Life in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to 240 months

-Ricky Eugene Patterson (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base
Sentence: Life in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014

-Billy Ray Wheelock (Belton, Tex.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine
Sentence: Life in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014

-Reynolds Allen Wintersmith, Jr. (Rockford, Ill.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute crack
Sentence: Life in prison
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 17, 2014

-William Ricardo Alvarez – Marietta, Ga.
Conviction: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin ; conspiracy to import heroin
Sentence: Nine months in prison
Pardoned

-Charlie Lee Davis, Jr. (Wetumpka, Ala.)
Conviction: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; use of a minor to distribute cocaine base
Sentence: 87 months in prison
Pardoned

-Ronald Eugene Greenwood (Crane, Mo.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act
Sentence: Three years’ probation, six months’ home confinement, 100 hours community service
Pardoned

-Joe Hatch (Lake Placid, Fla.)
Conviction: Possession with intent to distribute marijuana
Sentence: 60 months in prison
Pardoned

-Martin Alan Hatcher (Foley, Ala.)
Conviction: Distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana
Sentence: Five years probation
Pardoned

-Derek James Laliberte (Auburn, Me.)
Conviction: Money laundering
Sentence: 51 months in prison
Pardoned

-Alfred J. Mack (Manassas, Va.)
Conviction: Unlawful distribution of heroin
Sentence: 18 to 54 months in prison
Pardoned

-Robert Andrew Schindler (Goshen, Va.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud
Sentence: Three years probation, four months home confinement
Pardoned

-Willie Shaw Jr. (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Conviction: Armed bank robbery
Sentence: Fifteen years in prison

-Kimberly Lynn Stout (Bassett, Va.)
Conviction: Bank embezzlement
Sentence: One day imprisonment, three years supervised release
Pardoned

-Bernard Anthony Sutton, Jr. (Norfolk, Va.)
Conviction: Theft of personal property
Sentence: Three years’ probation, $825 restitution, $500 fine
Pardoned

-Chris Deann Switzer (Omaha, Neb.)
Conviction: Conspiracy to violate narcotics laws
Sentence: Four years’ probation, six months home confinement
Pardoned

-Miles Thomas Wilson (Williamsburg, Ohio.)
Conviction: Mail fraud
Sentence: Three years in prison

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