President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 562 federal inmates during his eight years as commander-in-chief. Two of those inmates were people very dear to the heart of Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
When Thomas was very young, both his mother and grandmother were arrested on drug related offenses and sentenced to time in prison. Last year, the president pardoned the 20-year sentence of Thomas’ mother, Katina Smith, five years shy of its deadline, and on Wednesday (Aug. 3) Obama has made it so that Thomas’ grandmother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, will also be coming home early, making their family once again complete.
“I don’t really know what to say,” Thomas said. “I just want to talk to my granny. I haven’t talked to her in a couple weeks. I’m excited for her. She was sad when mom left. She used to cry when she was in there by herself. I’m just excited for her, and I want to thank Obama for all that he’s done for her and everybody else.”
Reportedly, Minne Pearl Thomas was serving double life sentences for her involvement in a drug trafficking case in Georgia in the late 90s. President Obama’s commutation has made it so that she will be released on December 1, 2016.