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President reduces sentences for 2 Memphis cocaine dealers

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 nonviolent drug offenders. (Source: AP/Desmond Boylin) President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 nonviolent drug offenders. (Source: AP/Desmond Boylin)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

President Barack Obama reduced sentences for 61 drug offenders Wednesday.

His push is designed to energize calls for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system.

Two of the 61 convicted drug offenders were from Memphis, Tennessee.

Nathan Carter was sentenced to life in prison on April 30, 1999. Investigators said he had hundreds of grams of cocaine and was selling it throughout western Tennessee.

After having his sentence reduced, Carter will be able to leave prison July 28, 2016.

Eric Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison on April 24, 1995 for dealing cocaine. Investigators said he even bought a house specifically to run his cocaine dealing business.

After having his sentence reduced, Smith will be able to leave prison July 28, 2016.

Click here to learn more about President Obama's push to shorten prison time for drug offenders.

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