According to a report from Detroit Metro Times, Michigan’s Governor (Gretchen Whitmer) commuted Michael Thompson’s 60-year sentence earlier last week. Thompson had been in prison since 1996 after being found guilty of firearms possession and selling three pounds of marijuana. He would have been released in 2038 had he served his full sentence.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the Michigan governor also cut Lawrence Cadroy’s sentence. Cadroy was sentenced in 1999 to serve two life prison terms for possession of over 650g of cocaine with a motive to deliver. He has served over two decades and 2030 was his earliest date of release.
Based on MDOC documents provided by the Free Press, Garett Lorenzo’s twenty-nine to 170-year sentence was also lifted by Gretchen. Lorenzo was sentenced in 1999 for the manufacture and delivery of cocaine. He had been in prison for twenty-two years with 2027 as his earliest date of release.
During October, Russ (formerly a prosecutor) approved a reform to remove criminal records for cases that would become legal under Michigan’s 2016 MJ legalization measure. The bill was supported by both the Republican and Democrat legislators.
Thompson, 69-year-old, had a parole hearing scheduled for November and his release was seconded by the federal attorney general, politicians, local prosecutors and over 125,000 individuals who approved the petition pushing for his release. In August, he was hospitalized due to COVID-19.
After Thompson became a victim of COVID-19 in prison, Dana Nessel (Michigan Attorney) vehemently pushed for his sentence’s commutation. She wrote to Russ that the aspect that Michigan authorized adult-use cannabis in 2018 highlights the importance of restorative justice.
Gautz Chris, the MDOC spokesman, said that he expected the individuals pardoned by the governor’s move would exit federal custody during late January or early February,
The commutations won’t scrape off the convictions.