Friday, February 3, 2017

Sentence Commuted, Re-Arrested.

The San Antonio Express reports that 68-year old Robert M. Gill, whose life sentence for "cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy" was commuted by Obama to expire in 2015,
... contacted an unidentified person, via telephone, to arrange a deal to buy a kilo of cocaine, according to the affidavit. At about 5:30 p.m., Gill met with that person in the parking lot of Fiesta Food Mart at 6050 Ingram Road and received a black backpack that he put in the car he was driving, the affidavit said. As he left the parking lot on Ingram Road, a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy in a marked patrol car tried to pull him over. Gill, the affidavit said, fled at high speed and the car he was in collided with the vehicle of another motorist at the intersection of Callaghan and Bandera. He again tried to flee, but his vehicle was disabled by cars of other law enforcement officers, according to the affidavit. Agents found the backpack in the car, which contained a kilo of cocaine, the affidavit said. He “related that he was going to sell the cocaine to make money and would be paying a female $26,000 for the cocaine,” the affidavit said.
The Express reports Gill (a Vietnam Veteran) had served 25 years for his previous convictions and is, once again, facing the potential of a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and could see up to 40. Gill thought his original sentence "wasn't fair" and he counted on "people in government with rational minds" to realize it was a matter of "injustice."  Obama wrote that he granted Gill’s application because he had "demonstrated the potential" to "turn" his life "around."

See full story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I doubt that President Obama knew who he granted commutations to, however Sally Yates said she looked at every petitioner who was sent to the White House. Her choices were confusing. Many offenders with priors and violence received this gift of mercy, yet first time nonviolent marijuana offenders were denied. It does make you question the motives and judgement of the prosecutors in the DOJ.

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