President Obama has reduced the drug sentences of six Charlotte-area men, the White House announced on Tuesday.
The sentence reductions, or commutations, are among 111 the president granted nationwide, according to the White House.
The 325 commutations Obama granted in August are more than any president granted in a single year for nearly a century, the White House said.
In June, the president said thousands of men and women in federal prison are serving sentences longer than necessary, often due to overly harsh mandatory minimum sentences.
Obama on Tuesday announced reduced sentences for these Charlotte area men:
▪ Michael Alexander of Charlotte. He was sentenced in 2006 to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. The president directed that Alexander be released on Dec. 28.
▪ Tremayne Kendrick Blackwell of Charlotte. His 2009 life sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute quantities of cocaine and cocaine base was lessened to 20 years in November 2015. The president commuted the sentence to 15 years.
▪ Jerome Lee Borders of Statesville. He was sentenced to life in 2002 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The president lessened his sentence to 20 years.
▪ Walter Breland of Statesville. He was sentenced to 35 years in 2003 for possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine base; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and felony possession of a firearm. The president commuted his sentence to 20 years.
▪ Michael Freeman Lattimore of Lawndale, Cleveland County. He was sentenced in 2005 to 20 years for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Obama directed that Lattimore be released on Dec. 28.
▪ James Clinton Patterson Jr. of Concord. He was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison in 2002 for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Obama directed that Patterson also be released on Dec. 28.