WASHINGTON, DC – Four Georgia men were among 79 prisoners whose sentences were commuted on Tuesday by President Obama.
One of those, William Henry Dudley of Atlanta, had been serving a 20-year sentence on cocaine possession and distribution charges. Dudley, who was sentenced in April 2006, will be released on Nov. 22, 2018, and enrolled in a residential drug treatment program.
The other Georgia men whose sentences were commuted are:
- Efrem Berry of Americus; sentenced to 21 years in November 2006 on cocaine, marijuana and crystal meth charges; commuted to 12.5 years;
- Avery Hardy of Smithville; sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2006 for intent to distributed more than 50 grams of crack cocaine; commuted to release on Nov. 22, 2018 and enrollment in a residential drug treatment program; and
- Eddie James Reed of Albany; sentenced to 21 years in February 2008 on cocaine charges; commuted to be released on Nov. 22, 2018 and enrolled in a residential drug treatment program.
With Tuesday’s announcement, the president has commuted the sentences of 1,023 men and women, more than any president in history, including 342 individuals who were serving life sentences. Obama has granted commutations to more prisoners than the past 11 presidents combined and also granted 70 pardons.
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