Obama pardons Huber Heights man

President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted commutation of sentence to 209 individuals and pardons to 64 individuals.

Obama granted a pardon to a Huber Heights person, LeAnton Sheldon Hopewell, Sr.

Hopewell’s offense was aiding and abetting theft from interstate shipment. Hopewell was sentenced to three years probation.

Hopewell tried to have his record expunged in 2011 through the Second Chance for Ex-offender’s Act of 2007, according to a 2011 petition for expungement that he submitted to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Hopewell wrote in his 2011 petition that he initially was planning to seek a presidential pardon before deciding to seek expungement through the Second Chance for Ex-offenders Act.

Hopewell, who was 43 when he submitted the petition, joined the U.S. Army since he admitted to stealing money from an armored car company he worked for at age 23.

“The mistake and error in judgment I made at the age of 23 would never be the mistake I would make at my current age of 43,” Hopewell wrote in his 2011 petition.

Obama granted commutations to cases in Toledo, Akron, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Obama commuted the sentence of Hamilton man Mark J. Thornton. His offense was conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine and in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a media release.

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