A Garner man sentenced to 39 years in federal prison for drug charges in 2005 was one of 111 people President Barack Obama granted commutation, the White House announced Tuesday.
In June, the president said thousands of men and women in federal prison are serving sentences longer than necessary, often due to overly harsh mandatory minimum sentences.
Robert Anthony Eberhart, 39, of Garner, was convicted in 2005 of distribution of cocaine base and possession of a firearm during drug trafficking. His original prison sentence was 468 months and he was assigned to the Low Security Federal Correctional Institution in Butner. Eberhart’s sentence was amended in 2012 to 420 months or 35 years.
On Tuesday, Obama commuted Ebethart’s sentence to 240 months or 20 years. He is scheduled to be released in 2025.
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Efforts to reach Eberhart’s family were unsuccessful.
Eberthart wasn’t the only North Carolina man granted commutation. Obama also granted commutation for 13 others.
Records show Eberhart was often in and out of county jail, mainly for driving with a revoked license and two incidents for possession of drugs.