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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