Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Obama Commutes Huntington Man's Life Sentence

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Obama Commutes Huntington Man's Life Sentence

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A Huntington man sentenced in 2008 to spend the rest of his life in prison for drug charges had his sentence commuted this week by President Barack Obama. Donald Jamal Wilson, 43, was convicted by a jury in federal court in 2007 of conspiring with others to distribute large amounts of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana and heroin.

He sold drugs, and let others sell drugs, out of an apartment he rented on Jefferson Avenue in Huntington, according to previous Gazette-Mail reports. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers handed down a life sentence.

On Thursday, Obama commuted his sentence to a term of 188 months, conditioned upon enrollment in a residential drug treatment facility, according to a news release from the White House Press Office.

Wilson was one of 98 people who had their sentences commuted by the president on Thursday. …

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