Commuted Inmates’ Sons: Thank You Obama

Of the 214 federal inmates given commutations this week by President Obama, four are from our local area:

• Christopher M. Dees – Pensacola, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; Northern District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (September 1, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

• Scottie Ladon Dixon – Atmore, AL
Offense: 1. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; 2. Violation of supervised release (conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine); 1. Southern District of Alabama; 2. Southern District of Alabama
Sentence: 1. Life imprisonment; 2. 33 months’ imprisonment (concurrent); 1. 10 years’ supervised release (1. & 2. May 18, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 221 months’ imprisonment.

• Robert Lee Nickles – Mobile, AL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Southern District of Alabama
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 27, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 1, 2016.

• Christopher Stanton – Pensacola, FL
Offense: Possession of firearm by a convicted felon; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; Northern District of Florida
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (July 25, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on August 3, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

Nickles’ family says it was news they were hoping for but weren’t sure would come.

“I cried for joy. I wasn’t mad when I was I cried for joy,” said his son Brandon May.

“It’s the best Christmas gift ever. When he comes home he is going to be showered with love,” said Steven May.

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