Obama cuts prison time linked to a typo
President Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra 31/2 years in jail due to a typographical error.
Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering after prosecutors said he used his Houston trucking company to help move tons of marijuana.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The White House said a typographical error in Cantu's presentencing report assigned him a prison sentence that was 31/2 years longer than it should have been.
As a result, Cantu's sentence will be reduced to 111/2 years. Cantu is only the 10th inmate Obama has granted a commutation.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama acted because a judge had ruled Cantu did not find the clerical error in time to correct it through any judicial means. - Reuters
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