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justice 4Washington, D.C. — A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man has had his prison sentence commuted today by President Barack Obama.
Damion L. Tripp of Poplar Bluff was on a list of 61 persons who had their sentences commuted today by the President.
Tripp was serving a 20-year or 240 month sentence for possession with intent to distribute a substance containing 50 grams or more of cocaine base and a substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana. Tripp began serving his sentence in 2008. He will be released on July 28, 2016.He was also sentenced to 10 years supervised release.
Two men from St. Louis Mo were also on the list. Terry Brown and Corey R. Thomas. Both men were sentenced for drug possession with intent to distribute.
Thomas had a life sentence commuted with five years supervised release. He began serving his sentence in 2004.
Brown was serving a 20-year sentence and began serving in 2005. He was also given 10 years supervised release. Both men will be released July 28, 20016.
In Arkansas one man was granted a commutation. He was Kenneth Isaacs of Little Rock. He was sentenced to 180 months or 15 years for possession with intent to distribute Hydromorphone. He went to prison in 2004 He too will be released July 28, 2016.
Two Memphis, Tenn., men had their sentences commuted. Nathan Carter was serving a life sentence for possession of cocaine and cocaine base and another 30-month sentence for a supervised release violation. Both sentences were commuted. He began serving in 1999. He will serve 10 years supervised release.
Eric Smith was serving a 360-month or (30 year) sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and maintaining a drug house. He began serving his sentence in 1995. He will be under five years supervised release.
Both men will be released July 28, 2016.
All of those on the list were in prison for drug related offenses.
To view the entire list of those granted commutations click HERE.
“Most of them are low-level drug offenders whose sentences would have been shorter if they were convicted under today’s laws,” Obama said Wednesday on his Facebook page. “I believe America is a nation of second chances, and with hard work, responsibility, and better choices, people can change their lives and contribute to our society.”

President Barack Obama meets for lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets for lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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