Letting Them Go
Oh, joy! Da Prez has just commuted the sentences of 46 more drug offenders. These folks were charged with distribution or trafficking of narcotics. We all know first offenders are rarely given prison time and drug dealers normally have to have multiple convictions before the feds will even pick up the case. We looked into a couple of the beneficiaries of Obama’s largess who happened to be from South Caroline.
The first, Douglas M. Lindsay II, was sentenced to life in federal prison on charges of PWID Crack, PWID Cocaine and Conspiracy to Distribution Crack and Cocaine in December 1996. Lindsay’s charges were in Newberry County. His sentenced was reduced to 293 months in March of 2015. As it stands now Lindsay will be released in November. Public records are incomplete on Lindsay and no other arrests are listed in Newberry County. We don’t have time to check every other county in the state, but we doubt this incident in Newberry County was his first arrest.
Kevin Matthews of James Island was sentenced to 232 months in 2004 on charges out of Charleston County of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess Crack Cocaine and PWID Crack Cocaine. Let’s review the history of this wonderful citizen who will be back on our streets in November.
B&E Motor Vehicle - Sentenced to 5 years, suspended in favor of 2 years probation.
Grand Larceny - Same sentence as above.
Trafficking in Crack Cocaine - Reduced to PWID Crack by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced to 8 months.
PWID Crack Near a School - Sentenced to 5 years, suspended to 5 years probation after 8 months.
Matthews’ charges from 2001 and 2002 were dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor when the feds picked up the case.
Unlawful Possession of Percocet
Two counts of Trafficking Crack Cocaine
Trafficking Crack Cocaine
PWID Crack Near a School
Another federal inmate from SC who will be released in November is Donald Vanderhorst, aka “lil d” of North Charleston. He was sentenced in 2006 to 240 months on charges of Conspiracy to Possess and Distribution of 5 kilos of Cocaine and 50 grams of Crack. The public record is sparse on prior arrest info for Vanderhorst. We did find one entry from 1992 for a charge of Possession of Crack. This charge was dismissed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor in 1994 with the notation, “Sentenced to 8 years federal time for similar crime”. This indicates Vanderhorst’s 2006 federal conviction and sentenced was not his first time in federal prison.
We checked out a few other folks who had their sentences commuted. Those in states where the public actually has access to public records each and every one showed multiple prior offenses for narcotics distribution, assault, felon in possession of firearms, etc. Multiple convictions is what Da Prez calls “showing an ability to turn your life around”. Like most liberals, he also does not consider these serial offenders hardened criminals.