President Obama has commuted the prison sentence of an Iowa woman.
In 2002 Jennifer Regenos of Muscatine was sentenced to serve 20 years in a federal prison on the charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In 2005, she appealed, arguing her attorney failed to tell her that by pleading guilty, her prison sentence would be longer. With Obama’s action now, her sentence will expire on April 15th of this year — eight years early.
All eight of the people who had their sentences shortened by the president were in prison on drug-related offenses. The president also pardoned a dozen people, for a variety of crimes, but none were from Iowa.