President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 14 violent gun felons Thursday.
President Obama, who used the power of his pen to put forth gun control measures via executive actions, commuted the sentences of 14 men who were convicted of illegally possessing a firearm, often during the trafficking of drugs. One additional individual was convicted of aiding and abetting while in the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Below is a list of felons whose sentences, which resulted from gun convictions among other crimes, the president commuted.
Cornelius D. Porter – Mount Rainer, MD
Shawn Leo Barth –Bismarck, ND
Leroy Fondren Jr.- Kansas City, KS
Lancell Maurice Harris – Little Rock, AR
Dontae Lamont Hunt – Atlanta, GA
Arthur Jarrod Jackson – Dallas, TX
Gerald Lofton – Warren, OH
Karl Eugene Peacock – Bossier City, LA
Kenny Siepker – Carroll, IA
James Harold Smith – Waynesboro, VA
Chip J.W. Teague – Sallisaw, OK
Shannon Alexander Washington – Lexington, KY
Henry Lee White – Orlando, FL
Charles M. Woolsey – West Baden Springs, IN
President Obama commuted the sentences of a total of 102 felons. According to White House counsel Neil Eggleston, Obama has commuted 774 sentences, with 590 in 2016 so far. The president commuted more felons’ sentences than the 11 previous presidents combined. Eggleston added that the “vast majority” of those sentences were a result of outdated drug laws.