New Haven man has drug sentence commuted by President Obama

President Barack Obama makes remarks during his news conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama makes remarks during his news conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A New Haven man will be getting out of prison early, thanks to a move by President Obama. As part of the presidents move to commute the sentences of non-violent drug offenders, President Obama commuted the sentence of Kerwin Blount on Tuesday. Blount was sentenced in 2000 to more than 24 years for selling cocaine. Blount is one of 79 convicted felons who had their sentences commuted this week. That brings the total of inmates who have received clemency from the president to more than 1,000, more than the 11 previous presidents combined. Eighteen of the inmates freed by the president today were serving life sentences.

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