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Man Whose Drug Sentence Was Commuted By Obama Before Leaving Office Is Killed

Michigan Drug Dealer Whose 19 Year Drug Sentence Was Commuted By President Obama Is Shot And Killed In A Halfway House.

A man whose drug-related prison sentence was commuted by Obama was fatally shot at a federal halfway house in Michigan, police said.

Demarlon C. Thomas, whose sentence was commuted in November, was killed by two men with assault-style rifles who sought him out.

Thomas, 31, was formerly a gang member of Sunny Side Gang in Saginaw, about 100 miles north of Detroit.

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Two men wearing masks went into Bannum Place, at 2209 Norman Street, at 9.40pm on Monday night with plans to kill him.

Lieutenant David Kaiser said Thomas was shot several times by one of the men as some of the roughly two dozen people at the home were held at gunpoint.

Kaiser told the Saginaw News: ‘One person watched over a group of them while another subject located the victim and executed him.’

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He added: ‘They were looking for this person.’

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured and no one was immediately taken into custody.

It is unknown what security measures were in place at the house.

Thomas had been sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2008 on a cocaine charge, but with the commutation the sentence was to expire on March 22, 2017.

He had been charged with distributing five grams or more of cocaine.

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He was arrested as part of ‘Operation Sunset,’ a federal investigation that effectively dismantled the Sunny Side Gang in Saginaw.

He was one of 79 individuals whose sentences Obama commuted on November 22, 2016.

He had been held at Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Lisbon, Ohio, roughly 250 miles southeast of Saginaw.

He was arrested as part of ‘Operation Sunset,’ a federal investigation that effectively dismantled the Sunny Side Gang in Saginaw.

The Michigan State Police Major Crimes Unit is leading the investigation.

SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS and FORREST HANSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

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