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Obama commutes sentences of Maryland prisoners

Obama commutes sentences of Maryland prisoners

Five Marylanders are among the 111 federal prisoners whose sentences were shortened Tuesday by President Barack Obama in the latest round of commutations for people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.

Two of those affected are from Baltimore, and three are from Prince George's County.

Obama, who has long called for phasing out strict sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, has granted a total of 673 commutations, more than the previous 10 presidents combined. More than a third of the recipients were serving life sentences.

Malik Abuhamid Ibm Wakil Abdunafi of Baltimore was sentenced to 20 years in 2007 for distribution and possession of narcotics and conspiracy to...