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Obama commutes eight Georgians' sentences, pardons three others

President Barack Obama commuted eight Georgians' sentences and three others on Tuesda.

WASHINGTON, DC – Besides commuting Chelsea Manning’s sentence on Tuesday, President Barack Obama also commuted 208 sentences and pardoned 64 others, including 11 from Georgia.

Here is a list of the eight Georgians whose sentences were commuted, all of whom were sentenced on drug-related charges:

  • Jerry Jerome Anderson, Macon
  • Blake Demond Beard, College Park
  • Ulysses Simon Bouie, McDonough
  • Adrian Antoine Campbell, Hampton
  • Vandarrell Leon Doe, Glennville
  • Tony Lanier Jackson, Augusta
  • Leonard Jones, Fayetteville
  • Brenz Kaiwaena Wright, Conley

Here are the three Georgians who were pardoned:

  • Lisa Ann Bell, College Park
  • Roger Burel Patterson, Dahlonega
  • Peter Dwight Heidgerd, East Point

Bell and Patterson were convicted of drug-related charges, while Heidgerd was convicted in 1989 by an Army court martial of conduct unbecoming an officer.

Over his eight years in office, Obama has commuted 1,385 sentences, more than any president in history. Obama has also granted 212 pardons.

The most notable commutation on Tuesday was that of Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified military secrets to Wikileaks.

Manning, who was convicted in 2013 to a 35-year sentence in a military court, will be freed May 17.

Obama also granted a full pardon to former general James Cartwright, convicted last October of lying to the FBI in a leak investigation.

Obama has made his clemency initiative a hallmark of his criminal justice efforts as president, shortening the sentences of drug offenders who received long mandatory minimum sentencing laws that have since been rolled back.

Unlike full pardons, which extinguish all the legal consequences of a conviction, a commutation has the more limited effect of shortening a sentence while leaving other consequences intact.

The White House has all but ruled out a pardon on one notable case: that of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor accused of violating the espionage act by leaking details of secret surveillance programs.