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Obama cuts prison sentence for Iowa woman’s meth conviction

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines woman, sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2007 for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine has had her sentence cut shorter by President Barack Obama.

Tomma Jean Kent is among the 58 federal prison inmates receiving presidential commutations on Thursday.

Her sentence now expires on May 5, 2018. Originally she was to remain in prison until January 2024.

Kent, who is now 49, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors in 2007 and a judge ordered the mandatory minimum 20 years.

Obama says it doesn’t make sense to require nonviolent drug offenders to serve 20 years or more in prison. He says he’s commuted sentences for 306 people, more than the previous six presidents combined.

Kent is an inmate at a minimum security prison camp in Bryan, Texas.