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President Obama grants clemency to record-setting 231 people

December 20th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Six Marylanders were among 231 people granted clemency Monday by President Barack Obama in what White House officials described as the most pardons or commutations granted by a president in a single day in U.S. history.

Two of them are from Baltimore, one is from Baltimore County, two are from Prince George's County and one is from Washington County.

Obama, who has long called for phasing out strict sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, has shortened the sentences of 1,176 individuals in all, including 395 life sentences. He has granted pardons to 148 people.

Emilio Chase of Baltimore was sentenced to 17 years and six months in prison in 2005 for selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school in West Virginia. Enoch Edison of Baltimore was sentenced to 20 years in 2007 for intent to sell cocaine and other drugs in Maryland.

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