Convict Freed by Obama Goes Back to Jail for Same Crime

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In 2015, President Obama gave a San Antonio convict a fresh start when he commuted his life sentence.  But it didn’t take long for Robert M. Gill to head back to jail.   Gill is behind bars today after allegedly crashing his car into another motorist and undercover police cars while fleeing from a drug deal earlier this week.

Gill, who is 68, was serving a life sentence for cocaine and heroin distribution when Obama gave him the gift of freedom.   Obama learned of Gill after the convict petitioned him for a second chance.

Obama told Gill he granted his request “because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”

Gill was taken to federal court Friday where a judge ordered him held without bond pending a bail hearing on Feb. 16.

Gill is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. If convicted, Gill could face 40 years in prison.


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