(CBS) — President Obama on Friday granted 95 Christmastime commutations and two pardons — the largest single day grant of clemency of his presidency.
He commuted the sentences of four Chicago men.READ MORE: Dog Scares Off Attempted Carjacker In Old Town
WBBM’s Steve Miller has the story of one.
“Justice has come after 23 years,” says Marsha Mills, the mother of 46-year-old inmate Alton Mills.
He has been in prison for the past 23 years for distributing crack cocaine on the South Side.READ MORE: Food Delivery Driver Shot And Killed While Sitting In Car In Little Italy
And the federal judge who sentenced him criticized the mandatory sentencing guidelines that made him impose a life sentence. Mills had only two relatively minor offenses on the books before the drug conviction in the early-1990s.
Mills’ mother Marsha says she is happy and relieved that President Obama has commuted the sentence.
“It’s good to know he will be coming home, and then I won’t have to worry like I have worried for 23 years,” she says.MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Driver Wanted In Deadly Hit And Run Near Jefferson Park CTA Station
Alton Mills’ release is set for a year from now.