- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of nine former New Jersey residents imprisoned for drug and weapons offenses, one of whom was serving 40 years.

The others were sentenced between 1994 and 2008 to terms ranging from about 17 years to 35 years.

Six of the inmates’ sentences will expire May 19; two will be released two years from now provided they enroll in a residential drug treatment program. One sentence was reduced.

The inmates whose sentences were commuted Thursday were:

-Douglas Kennedy of Hillside, sentenced to 15 years in 2008, later amended to 40 years; conspiracy to distribute narcotics, weapons offenses; sentence to expire May 19.

-James Tranmer of Hackensack, sentenced in 1994 to 35 years; conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to distribute; sentence to expire May 19.

-Domingo Hernandez of Ledgewood, sentenced in 2008 to 20 years; conspiracy to distribute controlled substance, unlawful transport of firearms; sentence reduced to 15 years, eight months.

-Terrance Darby of Newark, sentenced to 30 years in 2006; possession with intent to distribute, weapons offenses; sentence to expire May 19.

-Michael Henderson, Newark, sentenced to 21 years, 10 months in 2004; conspiracy to distribute heroin; sentence to expire Jan. 19, 2019, on the condition that he enroll in a residential drug treatment program.

-Corey Kelly of Camden, sentenced to 30 years in 2000; conspiracy, distribution of crack cocaine; sentence to expire May 19.

-Joseph McBride of Trenton, sentenced to 25 years in 2002; conspiracy to distribute cocaine, weapons offense; sentence to expire Jan. 19, 2019, on the condition that he enroll in a residential drug treatment program.

-William Thorne of Paterson, sentenced to 16 years, eight months in 2006; possession and distribution of cocaine base; sentence to expire May 19.

-Donald Welch of Trenton, sentenced in 2002 to 25 years; conspiracy to distribute cocaine, weapons offense; sentence to expire May 19.

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