President Obama commutes sentences of 2 Waco men

Posted at 3:22 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 16:22:22-04

President Barack Obama shortened the sentences of 214 people that were serving federal sentences, including two men from Waco.

The White House released a statement stating that President Obama was commuting these sentences for people “incarcerated under outdated sentencing laws.”

The men from Waco, Willie Chester and Cedric Stephens, will be released from prison this year.

Chester was imprisoned in March of 1992 for possession of a firearm and a false statement in acquisition of a firearm. His sentence was 22 years of imprisonment and five years of supervised release.

Stephens was imprisoned in July 2011 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering. His sentence was 10 years of in prison and five years of supervised release.

The men’s sentences both will expire on December 1.

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