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Obama reduces prison sentences of 2 Houston inmates

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President Barack Obama granted commutation of sentence to 102 individuals Thursday, two of which were serving time in Houston.

The commutation of an inmate’s sentence means that the inmate’s sentence will be reduced either partially or totally.

President Obama reduced the sentence of Brandon J. Lewis, who is currently serving time for drug trafficking conspiracy and the use of telephone in a furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a White House press release.

His original sentence was set on Feb. 17, 2009, to serve 240 months in prison and 10 years supervised release, according to a press release.

Obama granted his prison sentence to be reduced a term of 120 months in prison, a press release said.

The other inmate with a now-reduced sentence is Jose Elias Salinas.

Salinas is currently serving 180 months in prison with five years supervised release for possession with the intent to sell 500 grams of meth, 5 kilograms of cocaine, and 100 grams of heroin, according to a press release.

The sentence was first set Oct. 13, 2010, but his new release is Oct. 6, 2018, a press release said.