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Obama Reduces Sentence For Convicted Drug Dealer

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Danville, VA - A convicted drug dealer has a shorter sentence, thanks to President Obama.

In 2006 a Danville federal judge sentenced Ceasar Cantu to 15 years in prison.  However, this week, the President commuted his sentence to only 11 1/2.

The longer sentence was the result of a typo. Cantu pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana and money laundering, but his sentencing was calculated based on a misprint.

According to his attorney at the time John Weber, Cantu was involved in drug trafficking from Texas to New York. Sentencing in a federal court is based on a point system calculating how bad the offense is as well as the defendant's history.

Cantu was given the number 34, but a 36 was listed on the recommended sentencing. So it turns out the President is the only one who can now correct that mistake.

Weber says this is the first time in his career he has seen something like this happen, but he is glad that the system worked and Cantu will receive the correct sentence.

"A reduction is fair. That's essentially what the judge would have ordered had it been done by the judge. Under these circumstances, I think it's the right thing to do," said Weber.

This is only the 10th time that President Obama has used this power to cut the sentence of a federal inmate.

 

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