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Latest Obama commutations include four Kansas City-area residents

Among the 153 prisoners whose sentences were commuted Monday by President Barack Obama were four from the Kansas City area.
Among the 153 prisoners whose sentences were commuted Monday by President Barack Obama were four from the Kansas City area. The Associated Press

Four Kansas City-area residents were among the 153 people whose federal prison sentences were commuted Monday by President Barack Obama.

They included Tammie Twyone Francis, a Lee’s Summit resident who was serving a life sentence with possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine. Her sentenced was commuted to 360 months in prison.

Others were Demetri D. Alexander of Kansas City, Kan., who was sentenced to 180 months for conspiracy to manufacture crack cocaine and possession of firearms for purposes of drug trafficking. Alexander is scheduled to be released in April.

 

Another Kansas man, Franklin Goodwin Jr. of Leavenworth, had been sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and using a communication facility to facilitate that intent. He, too, is now scheduled to be released in April.

Finally, Derwayne A. Williams of Independence was serving a sentence of 240 months for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. His release is now scheduled for December 2018, under the condition that he enrolls in residential drug treatment.

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