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Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr.

Concord resident James Patterson Jr., a low-level drug dealer, had served more than 14 years of a nearly 22-year sentence in federal prison when a phone call from his lawyer last summer changed his life. President Barack Obama had just commuted his sentence and would set him free last year. Patterson described his reaction to the call.

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President Obama's Commutations

During his two terms in office, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 1,715 people. That's more than the previous 13 presidents combined. Last November in a conference call with reporters, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explained the reasons for the president's actions.

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Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr.

Concord resident James Patterson Jr., a low-level drug dealer, had served more than 14 years of a nearly 22-year sentence in federal prison when a phone call from his lawyer last summer changed his life. President Barack Obama had just commuted his sentence and would set him free last year. Patterson described his reaction to the call.
Diedra Laird The Charlotte Observer
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Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr.

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President Obama's Commutations

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