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Man’s life sentence on drug charges commuted

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man sentenced to life in prison for selling cocaine is among 46 drug offenders who’ve had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama.

Fifty-eight-year-old Stephen Donovan, from the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, could be transferred soon from a federal prison in Pekin, Ill., to a halfway house to begin reintegration. Obama ordered Donovan’s sentence to end Nov. 10.

The Journal Sentinel reports Donovan, his brother and two other men were indicted in 1992 for conspiring to deliver dozens of pounds of cocaine. Because of prior drug convictions, Donovan was the only one of the four sentenced to the mandatory life sentence.

Since the Obama administration announced last year that it would grant clemency to nonviolent drug offenders, more than 35,000 federal inmates have applied for early release.

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