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Commerce man among those with shorter sentence thanks to president
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President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century.

Ronald Perry Moon, of Commerce, is one of 10 Georgia individuals affected by the president’s commutations. According to the original federal complaint, Moon sold crack cocaine to an undercover narcotics agent in February 2005 in a Winder Wal-Mart parking lot.

He was sentenced in 2006 to life imprisonment.

Moon’s sentence has now been altered to expire on Dec. 1.

Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent crimes related to cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs, although a few were charged with firearms violations related to their drug activities. Almost all are men, though they represent a diverse cross-section of America geographically.

Obama’s push to lessen the burden on nonviolent drug offenders reflects his long-stated view that the U.S. needs to remedy the consequences of decades of onerous sentencing requirements that put tens of thousands behind bars for far too long. Obama has used the aggressive pace of his commutations to increase pressure on Congress to pass a broader fix and to call more attention to the issue.

All told, Obama has commuted 562 sentences during his presidency — more than the past nine presidents combined, the White House said. Almost 200 of those who have benefited were serving life sentences.

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