A Pike County man convicted in a cocaine case has had his sentence commuted by President Barack Obama.
Fred Charles Jr. was sentenced to 20 years and eight months in prison in April 2002 after pleading guilty to conspiring to sell a large amount of cocaine and using a gun during a drug crime.
Charles is from Stopover but was convicted in federal court in Virginia, the White House said Tuesday.
He is being held at the federal medical prison on Leestown Road in Lexington, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
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Charles would have completed his prison sentence in November 2019. Obama commuted his sentence to expire Dec. 28.
The 110 others whose sentences Obama reduced Tuesday included Michael D. Points of Louisville. Points, convicted in a cocaine case, must serve two more years and complete drug treatment, according to the news release.
Obama has commuted sentences for several other state residents.
Obama has used his commutation power aggressively, granting shorter sentences to 673 people so far. That’s more than the 10 previous presidents combined, according to the White House.
Obama has said many of the people he has granted commutations would have gotten less prison time if they had been sentenced under today’s laws, and called for sentencing reforms.
The people who received the latest commutations “are individuals who received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes,” and have taken steps toward rehabilitation, White House general counsel Neil Eggleston said in a blog post.