Federal Prisoners


Michael McClain

Due to mandatory minimums, Michael was sentenced to 15 years for his role in a meth conspiracy and his simultaneous possession of a firearm. Judge Ortie Smith called the case “heartbreaking.” Michael was born in Springfield, Missouri. After his parents’ divorce when he was seven, Michael bounced between his mother and father. He struggled with… Read more »

Douglas Lindsay

A veteran and a Mental Retardation Specialist, Douglas received a life-without-parole sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base. President Obama granted him a commutation on July 13, 2015, and he was released on November 10, 2015. The Daily Signal profiled Douglas and documented his first days of… Read more »

Telisha Watkins

Addicted to drugs from an early age, Telisha was sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, because of drug-related priors. President Obama granted her a commutation on July 13, 2015, and she was released on November 10, 2015. Telisha was born… Read more »

Ricky Minor

Ricky is serving a life-without-parole sentence for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. His sentence is based on prior offenses, even though none of them resulted in prison time. He had been fighting addiction and depression for years when he was sentenced. President Obama commuted Ricky’s sentence on October 6, 2016. When Ricky Minor married the love of… Read more »

Angela & Kimberly Bush

After selling drugs to support their addictions, Angela and Kimberly were sentenced to 15 1/2 years and 19 1/2 years, respectively, based on minimum guideline sentences. UPDATE: In 2012, Angela’s sentence was reduced from 188 months (15 ½ years) to 150 months (12 ½ years) thanks to the retroactive application of changes to the crack cocaine sentencing… Read more »

Patrick Ryan

Over the course of decades of battling addiction, Patrick served terms in prison for burglary, escape, and DUI offenses. One drunken night he pawned a firearm as a felon, and although he attempted to rectify his mistake upon sobering up, he received a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence. Patrick’s lengthy criminal record is closely linked to… Read more »

Ricky Darden

UPDATE: On August 3, 2016, President Obama commuted Ricky’s sentence. Ricky received life in prison without parole for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Because of Ricky’s prior offenses, the judge had no discretion in sentencing. Ricky was raised by his grandmother in North Carolina until he was ten, at which point he moved… Read more »