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Obama commutes sentence of NFL player’s mother

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The mother of Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was one of the 46 people to have their prison sentences commuted by President Obama on Monday.

Thomas expressed his joy at the decision in a Facebook post

{mosads}“God is good.. Great news today, My Best lady come home November 10.. Godbless..” he wrote. 

Katrina Stuckey Smith, the mother of Thomas, received a 24-year sentence after being found guilty of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, also known as crack. She has served in federal prison since 2000, when Thomas was 12 years old. 

Four years were shaved off her sentence in 2008, but she will now be released on November 10. 

Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people who were convicted of low-level, non-violent drug crimes and sentenced under old guidelines many say were unfair.

It was the most commutations made by a president on a single day since the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. 

“I believe, at its heart, America is a nation of second chances,” Obama said in a video posted to the White House’s Facebook page. “I believe these folks deserve their second chance.”

Thomas is entering his sixth season in the NFL, all with the Broncos. The Montrose, Ga., native has been selected to three Pro Bowls and played in the 2013 Super Bowl. 

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