Obama commutes long sentences of 3 California drug offenders

Dec 19, 2015 12:50 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Californians serving long prison terms for drug possession are among 95 people having their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama.

The three, whose sentences were commuted Friday, are Dewayne Crompton of Bakersfield, Mario Alonzo Johnson of Stockton and Matthew Murphy III of Moreno Valley.

Crompton was given a life sentence in 1993 for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Murphy got 30 years in 1997 for planning to distribute 11 pounds of cocaine, and Johnson received a 24-year sentence in 1999 for possession with intent to distribute crack.

Murphy's and Johnson's sentences were commuted to April. Crompton's was commuted to December 2016.

The action is part of a White House effort to rethink a justice system critics say has resulted in overly harsh punishment for thousands of nonviolent offenders.

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