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Obama commutes sentences for 102, including Idaho man

Soon, Roger Law’s release date will read “Oct. 6, 2018.”
Soon, Roger Law’s release date will read “Oct. 6, 2018.”

President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 102 federal inmates as part of his ongoing push to grant clemency during his final months in office.

Many of the recipients had been serving life sentences.

One of them is Roger Law, a Montpelier man who at 48 was sentenced in 2001 to life in prison for drug charges, including intent to distribute meth in Butte County. Federal law mandated the life sentence because Law had at least two felony drug convictions on his record.

But Obama isn’t setting them all of these prisoners free right away. Law is one of many whose sentences are now scheduled to end in October 2018, almost two years into the next president’s term.

The unpaid balance of Law's fines will be forgiven as long as he enrolls in a drug treatment program, according to a White House news release.

He is imprisoned at Federal Correctional Institution Florence, a medium-security prison with a nearby minimum-security camp, according to the prison's website.

This latest round brings to 774 the number of sentences Obama has commuted, including 590 this year. The White House says it’s more than the previous 11 presidents put together.

Almost all of those receiving commutations were convicted of drug-related offenses. Most are considered nonviolent offenders, although some were convicted of firearms charges in connection with drug crimes.

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