Three Arkansans are among the 214 federal inmates who had their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama
today, the AP reports
. The commutations, the largest on a single day in more than a century, shortened the sentences of inmates serving time for nonviolent, drug-related charges.
The Arkansans who will be released early: Sheldon Paul Mangiapane of Hot Springs, James A. McGee of Chidester, and Billy Whitehead of North Little Rock. Mangiapane is serving time for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, McGee for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and Whitehead for distribution of cocaine base (crack). All three will be set for release on December 1.