More Prisoner Profiles

There is no shortage of stories of the lives that have been deeply affected by rigid mandatory minimum sentencing laws. FAMM highlights the human costs of these laws by sharing prison profiles. Read through the profiles below and judge for yourself whether these sentences seem fair.

Sherman Chester

Sherman received a life-without-parole sentence when he was 27 years old for his involvement in a drug conspiracy. Because of his two prior drug possession convictions and the federal three-strikes mandatory sentencing law, Sherman’s judge couldn’t hand down a sentence that fit the crime, but on Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama commuted Sherman’s life sentence. He… Read more »


Lisa Lorentz

Lisa, a first-time offender, received a 151-month sentence for meth possession and her limited involvement in the conspiracy that her boyfriend operated. She received more prison time than the supplier. Her sentence was reduced to 121 months on June 29, 2015, thanks to drugs minus two retroactivity. Lisa grew up in a nice suburb outside… Read more »


Ashley Keeton

Ashley, a first-time offender, received a mandatory five-year prison sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Her mistake was agreeing to make a single delivery for a drug dealer so she could afford Christmas presents for her children. In 2011, three days before Christmas, 23 year-old Ashley Renee Keeton was worrying about… Read more »


Ronald J. Evans

UPDATE: On August 3, 2016, President Obama commuted Ronald’s sentence. Ronald was 19 years old when he was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack. Drugs minus two retroactivity reduced his sentence to 30 years in 2015.  Ronald Evans was just 16 years old when he… Read more »


Michael Keating

In 2007, Michael was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison for manufacturing a substance or mixture containing methamphetamine. He’d allowed an acquaintance to cook methamphetamine on his property, and although the wastewater that police found contained less than one gram of meth, his lengthy sentence reflected the entire 2,718.9-gram weight of the… Read more »


 


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