- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Four Iowa men and a woman from Nebraska will serve shorter prison sentences after President Barack Obama granted them clemency.

Most of the 102 offenders in Thursday’s announcement committed drug crimes considered nonviolent.

Michael Jay Bertram of Dumont, will serve 14 of 20 years and Nicholas Jolise Deering, of Des Moines, will have served about eight of his 18 ½-year sentence when he’s released in 2018.

Rodger Lee Moran, of Des Moines, was serving life for selling methamphetamine. His sentence was shortened to 20 years and Kenny Siepker of Carroll had six years knocked off his 31 years.

Release for Maria Conchita Marino of West Point, Nebraska, is 2018 after serving half of her 20 years.

Obama has commuted 774 inmate sentences, more than the previous 11 presidents put together.

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