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President Obama commutes prison sentences of Kansas City area men

Lincoln Cardell Henderson of Kansas City and Leroy Fondren Jr. of Kansas City, Kan., were among 102 people nationwide granted commuted federal prison sentences Thursday by President Barack Obama.
Lincoln Cardell Henderson of Kansas City and Leroy Fondren Jr. of Kansas City, Kan., were among 102 people nationwide granted commuted federal prison sentences Thursday by President Barack Obama.

A Kansas City man sentenced to concurrent life sentences on drug charges and a Kansas City, Kan., man sentenced to 15 years on drug and firearm charges had their federal prison sentences commuted by President Barack Obama.

Lincoln Cardell Henderson of Kansas City and Leroy Fondren Jr. of Kansas City, Kan., were among 102 people nationwide granted commuted sentences Thursday.

Henderson, 39, has served more than 12 years of concurrent life sentences. He was found guilty by a jury for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and possession of more than 50 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. His sentence, handed down in August 2004, was commuted to 20 years.

Fondren, 55, was sentenced in March 2007 to 15 years in federal prison for possessing more than 50 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and using a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime.

He also was ordered to serve five years of supervised release.

Fondren’s commuted sentence means he will be released from prison Feb. 3.

Obama has granted a total of 590 commutations this year, more than in any other year in United States history.

Obama has commuted 774 sentences during a two-term presidency, more than the previous 11 presidents combined.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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