Obama commutes drug dealer’s sentence because of clerical error

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President Obama commuted the sentence Tuesday of a convicted drug dealer whose prison term was longer than recommended due to a typographical error.

The president granted the commutation for Ceasar Huerta Cantu of Katy, Texas, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and money laundering.

Cantu was sentenced to 180 months in prison in 2006 in part because a pre-sentence report mistakenly assigned him the wrong base offense level for calculating the length of his prison term. With the lower offense level, his sentence would have been reduced by 42 months, the White House said.

“A judge ruled that Cantu did not discover this error in time to correct it through any judicial means; as a result, it can now only be rectified through clemency,” a White House official said.

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