- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A drug convict from Aberdeen is among 214 federal inmates whose sentences are being shortened by President Barack Obama.

Cory Kamerud was sentenced to two decades in federal prison in 2002 for distributing methamphetamine. He now will be released on Dec. 1.

Almost all of the prisoners who received commutations were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. The commutations bring to 562 the total number of sentences Obama has shortened, more than the past nine presidents combined.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston says those receiving commutations were imprisoned under antiquated, overly harsh sentencing laws.

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