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Man who had sentenced commuted by Obama back in jail

Texas residents may be interested in learning that as of Feb. 2, a federal inmate whose sentence was commuted by then-President Barack Obama was back in jail after being charged with multiple drug crimes. He was pardoned in 2015 after President Obama wrote that he showed great potential.

The A 68-year-old man was originally sentenced to life in prison in 1992 on cocaine conspiracy charges. Authorities stated that the man was tracked down by San Antonio police after he allegedly fled from a drug deal and struck another vehicle in the process. According to authorities, police found a backpack that contained about a kilo of cocaine.

The man was charged with possession and intent to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine. He was being held in a local jail without bond until his trial, which is scheduled to take place in late February. If he is convicted of the charges, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, though the mandatory minimum sentence is five years.

If someone is charged with drug delivery, he or she could potentially face years in prison if convicted, even if he or she has an otherwise clean record. Once a person is released from jail, he or she may have trouble finding employment and housing since his or her criminal record will show up on background checks. A criminal law attorney may defend an individual by arguing that the drugs that were found did not belong to him or her or that the accused had no knowledge that he or she was in possession of a controlled substance. A lawyer may also potentially argue that the authorities did not follow proper procedures when seizing potential evidence, meaning that it may not be admissible in court.

Source: Vibe, "Drug Dealer Who Had His Life Sentence Commuted By Obama Is Back In Jail", Michael Saponara, 02/07/2017

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