Brownwood man commuted by President Obama released from jail on Tuesday


BROWNWOOD, Texas - A Brownwood man whose prison sentence President Obama commuted shortly before leaving the White House was released from jail on Tuesday.

Jerry Lee Thompson was sentenced in 2001 to 26 years in federal prison. He was convicted for possession with intent to distribute of less than five grams of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a playground in Brown County.

Last December President Obama shortened Thompson's prison time by 10 years and four months for a scheduled release date of April 18.

His family told KTXS he moved to a halfway house in the Dallas area after getting transferred out of FCI Big Spring.

Thompson's time at the halfway expired on Tuesday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prison's website.

President Obama sought to commute the sentences of non-violent drug offenders with sentences he found harsh.