Three local felons to be released under Obama order

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Three prisoners from the Mahoning Valley will be released from federal prison Thursday under an order from President Obama.

The prison sentences for Timothy Brown, 57, of Warren; Derrick Glass, 44, of Youngstown, and Tyrand James, 42, of Youngstown, were commuted by President Obama in August.

All three men were serving a 20-year sentence for cocaine trafficking. Brown served seven years, Glass served nine years, and James served 10.

The three local men were among 214 prisoners who had their sentencing commuted by Obama in August. The White House says the order was the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all of the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.

In October, Obama commuted the life sentence of a northeast Ohio man found guilty of drug trafficking in his ongoing push to grant clemency during his final months in office and spur action on criminal justice reform.

Forty-seven-year-old Lesean Roberts, of Euclid, had his sentence commuted to 20 years in prison. Roberts was sent to prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, and aiding and abetting. He also was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride.

Obama has commuted sentences for a total of 872 inmates, including 688 this year. The figure is higher than the number commuted by the previous 11 presidents combined.