- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington-area man serving a 27-year prison sentence is among dozens of drug offenders who will soon be released by President Barack Obama’s administration.

Obama announced Wednesday that he is commuting the prison sentences of 61 people serving time for drug-related offenses. Obama’s commutation shortens their sentences.

Among those is Byron Lamont McDade of Bowie, Maryland. A federal judge for the District of Columbia sentenced McDade to 27 years in prison in 2002 for conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and other charges.

Most of the offenders, including McDade, will be released July 28.

The commutations bring to 248 the number of inmates whose sentences Obama has commuted. The White House says that’s more than the past six presidents combined.

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