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President Obama commutes sentences for Reading man

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 20, 2015 8:05 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- President Obama is commuting the sentences of six non-violent drug offenders in Pennsylvania, including one from Reading.

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

Many were convicted of distributing or possessing cocaine or crack-cocaine.

The commutations are the most that Obama has issued at one time.

The six Pennsylvanians include Felix Roman Jr., of Reading.

Two men who had been sentenced to life in prison were also part of the announcement: 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, while Padilla's will expire in April.

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

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