Back in 2015, Barack Obama pardoned 1,700 federal inmates who committed nonviolent drug offenses. Last Thursday (Feb. 2) Robert Gill who had his life sentence commuted in 2015, was once again arrested in San Antonio, TX for various cocaine and drug related charges. The 68-year-old had been locked up for cocaine conspiracy charges since 1992.
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President Obama wrote a letter advocating for Gill’s second chance, “because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”
San Antonio police tracked down Gill after fleeing a drug deal and allegedly hitting into another motorist. Law enforcement found a backpack with a kilo of cocaine and the former inmate was charged with possession and intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Gill is being held without bond until trial later this month. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and could see up to 40 years in prison.
Gill’s lawyer, Robert Schmidt told the San Antonio Express-News, “I’m so disappointed to hear that he got arrested again.”