President Obama / Carolyn Kaster, AP
President Obama on Tuesday shortened the sentence of a man who would have been forced to spend an additional 42 months in prison because of a typographical error.
Ceasar Huerta Cantu pleaded guilty in 2006 to offenses related to drug trafficking and money laundering, and a federal court in Virginia sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
Sentencing guidelines placed those offenses at level 34, but an error in a pre-sentence report listed them at level 36, meaning Cantu was sentenced to an additional 42 months - three and a half years - longer than required.
Now, instead of 15 years, Cantu will serve 11 and a half years in prison.
From the Associated Press:
"A judge ruled that because Cantu's lawyer didn't object at sentencing, the court couldn't change it. The White House says it could only be rectified by the president. ...
"Obama commuted only one sentence in his first term but has been using the power more in his second."
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