Obama commutes sentences for 4 in North, South Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of three people serving sentences in North Carolina and a fourth in South Carolina on drug-related charges.

A statement from the White House says Reginald Wendell Boyd Jr. of Greensboro; Christopher Tim Florence of Chapel Hill; Alohondra Rey Staton of Greenville; and Shermaine Donnell Whitley of Charleston, South Carolina, have had their respective sentences commuted.

All four are scheduled to be released on July 28.

Staton had the longest sentence of the four. He faced 30 years in prison with five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Whitley was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine.

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