President Barack Obama granted clemency to another Killeen man on Tuesday.

Gregory Antonio Webber was sentenced to nearly 29 years in prison for the possession of at least 50 grams of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute on Dec. 2, 2009. That sentence was reduced to a little over 15 years.

Webber must pay $1,500 in fines upon release, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

On Nov. 22, the president commuted the sentence of Killeen native Anthony Arthur. He was sentenced to 17 years, six months in prison on Aug. 3, 2005, for the possession with intent to distribute of at least 50 grams of crack cocaine. Now, his sentence will expire March 22.

Obama also commuted the sentence of Gerald Anthony Harris, who was sentenced to life in prison and a $3,000 fine on June 18, 1997, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Because of the president’s action, his sentence will expire April 17, and whatever portion of the fine that is left unpaid will be remitted.

The commutation of a sentence changes the punishment to one that is less severe. That is different from a pardon, which forgives and relieves someone from punishment.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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