Obama commutes sentences of 6 nonviolent Pa. offenders

President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences of six nonviolent drug offenders in Pennsylvania.

They are among 95 offenders whose sentence commutations were announced by Obama on Friday.

Many were convicted of distributing or possessing cocaine or crack-cocaine. The commutations are the most that Obama has issued at once time.

The six men from Pennsylvania include two who had been sentenced to life in prison: Thomas Daniels, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to life in 1996 for crack cocaine distribution; and David Padilla, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to life in 1997 for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Daniels’ sentence expires Friday; Padilla’s will expire in April.

The others were Felix Roman Jr., of Reading; Kenneth Hamlin Jr., of Pittsburgh, Alberto Gonzalez and Pedro Figueroa, both of Philadelphia.

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