Obama Grants Early Release For Man Serving Life For Marijuana

| by Michael Allen

President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 22 people today, including eight inmates who were serving a life sentences.

The Huffington Post notes that all of the people who were granted clemency had been sentenced to prison on convictions linked to distributing illegal drugs. President Obama sent each one a letter to encourage them to make the "most of this opportunity.”

One of the prisoners who received clemency was Francis Darrell Hayden. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 for conspiracy to manufacture or possess marijuana.

Hayden managed a farm in Michigan where a marijuana growing and processing operation was set up.

The Huron Daily Tribune reported at the time that Hayden would have normally received 15-20 years in jail, but got a mandatory life sentence for this third felony drug conviction.

The bust was a big one for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which confiscated the farm.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Huron Daily Tribune, DEA.gov
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