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Ford “has been given chances to create a better life for himself that many could only dream of, but these chances were thrown away,” assistant prosecutor Catherine Christian wrote in court papers.

Given Ford’s record of rearrests and parole violations, the judge said in a written ruling that it was “a close question” whether to resentence him to shave time from his parole. But Ford has a good prison record, and the resentencing law sets a high bar for denying requests, the judge noted.

Ford is among hundreds of people who have sought to be resentenced since the 2009 overhaul of New York’s so-called Rockefeller drug laws, nicknamed for former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who signed them into law in the 1970s. At least 591 people have had their sentences altered so far, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

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