- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport man sentenced to 25 years in prison for possessing a gun during a drug trafficking crime will get out after serving less than half the sentence thanks to President Barack Obama who has commuted his sentence.

Charrell Burrage, of Davenport, who is now 40, went to prison in 2004 after throwing crack cocaine and firearms from a car during a police pursuit.

He was scheduled for release in 2026 but Obama’s commutation releases him on Oct. 1 of this year.

Burrage is in a federal prison in Minnesota.

Obama commuted 42 sentences on Friday. He has said it doesn’t make sense to require nonviolent drug offenders to serve 20 years or more in prison. He’s commuted more than 300 sentences, more than the previous six presidents combined.


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