- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man is among dozens of federal convicts whose prison sentences are being commuted by the Obama administration.

The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama granted commutation to 58 prisoners, including Shannon Lee Blake.

The 55-year-old is currently serving a 20-year sentence in a Fort Worth, Texas prison for drug-related convictions including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine.

He was sentenced in July 2007 in a Wyoming federal court.

Blake is now slated to be released in May 2018.

The commutation is part of Obama’s broader effort to overhaul the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders.

Most whose sentences were cut short are now due out Sept. 2 while others will be released over the next two years.

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