2 North Alabama men receive reduced sentences under Obama’s latest round of commutations


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A second round of commutations has shortened the sentences of 72 federal inmates, including two from North Alabama.

According to a White House press release Friday, both men were facing drug related charges.

Jimmy Dean Gibson from New Hope was sentenced to life in prison back in 2001. He was serving time for manufacturing, possessing, and intending to distribute methamphetamine. His prison sentence was commuted to a prison term of 292 months.

Desmond D’Juan Jones from Decatur was convicted for conspiracy to possess with an intent to distribute a substance containing cocaine. His sentence was commuted to expire on March 4, 2017.

To date, President Obama has granted a total of 944 commutations for those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

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