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commute

verb abate, abbreviate, abridge, allay, alter, ameliorate, bate, change, change penalties, curtail, cut, decrease a punishment, dilute, diminish, ease, exchange penalties, lessen, lighten, limit, make less extreme, make less harsh, make less intense, make less rigorrus, make less rough, make less severe, make lighter, make milder, meliorate, minimize, mitigate, modify sentence, reduce, reduce a punishment, reduce in asperity, relax severity, relieve, render less difficult, shorten, shrink, slacken, slash, soften, substitute, temper, tone down, trim, truncate
Associated concepts: commute a sentence
See also: alter, convert, replace, transform

commute

to reduce (a sentence) to one less severe.

TO COMMUTE. To substitute one punishment in the place of another. For example, if a man be sentenced to be hung, the executive may, in some states, commute his punishment to that of imprisonment.

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Wilson 6 Kansas City, KS- Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of Kansas; Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (December 20, 2010); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
William Wilson 6 Independence, LA- Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base ("crack"); Eastern District of LouisianaSentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (February 15, 2007); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017.
Womack 6 Oklahoma City, OK- Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine; manufacturing methamphetamine; manufacturing methamphetamine, aiding and abetting; maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine, aiding and abetting; Western District of Oklahoma; Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (January 26, 1999); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
Marshane Woods AaAaAeAc Mebane, NC- Offense: Conspiracy to distribu and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine hydrochloride and 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; Eastern District of Tennessee; Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (February 23, 2005); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months.
Ayande Yearwood 6 Baltimore, MD- Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; District of Maryland; Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $17,500 fine (October 20, 2006); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019 and unpaid balance of $17,500 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug abuse treatment, unpaid remainder of fine remitted.
Antonio Antwain Young 6 Maryville, TN- Offense: Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of TennesseeSentence: 180 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 29, 2007); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017.
Calvin Tyrone Young 6 Winston-Salem, NC- Offense: Conspiracy: Distribute crack; Middle District of North Carolina; Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 15, 1997); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017.
Connie Jermaine Young AaAaAeAc Spartanburg, SC- Offense: Conspiracy distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine; Eastern District of Tennessee; Sentence: Life imprisonment (November 26, 2007); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in the residential drug treatment.
Travis Demetrius Youngblood 6 Union Spring, AL- Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of Kentucky; Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 12, 2008); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 19, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in resident
During his final hours in the White House, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of more than 300 prisoners Thursday.
More than 60 people also had their sentences commuted Tuesday.
The full list of people whose sentences were commuted by Obama on Thursday follow below as provided by the White House: