- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two Alabama men are among the eight drug offenders granted commutations by President Barack Obama.

The president announced Wednesday that the life sentences given to Sidney Earl Johnson Jr. of Mobile and Rickey Marcell McCall of Birmingham will end April 15. The White House said Johnson and McCall likely would have received substantially lower sentences today and would have already served their time.

Johnson was sentenced to life in 1994 after being convicted of drug charges including possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

McCall pleaded guilty in 2000 to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Supporters of former Gov. Don Siegelman have urged the president to commute his bribery sentence, but he was not among those receiving relief.

A commutation upholds the prisoner’s conviction, but ends their sentence.

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