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Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas’ Grandmother Pardoned By President Obama
On Wednesday, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was informed that President Barack Obama commuted the life sentence of his grandmother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, along with 214 other non-violent drug offenders.
Wanna Thank the @POTUS for everything he’s done for my family, and a lot more families giving them second chances. Couldn’t be a better day!
— Demaryius Thomas (@DemaryiusT) August 3, 2016
Via The Denver Post:
“Minnie Pearl Thomas, 60, has spent the past 16 years housed in a federal prison in Tallahassee, Fla., for running a cocaine ring in Georgia with her daughter, Katina Stuckey Smith, the mother of Demaryius Thomas.
Smith’s 20-year prison sentence was commuted last July, and after she spent time in a halfway house, she was released in November. Minnie Pearl Thomas, who received a life sentence, is set to be released Dec. 1, according to the Department of Justice.”
Thomas was given the news after training camp practice:
“I just found out right when I came in from weights,” Demaryius Thomas said after the Broncos’ morning training camp practice. “I had no idea. I was surprised. I was excited, too, it came this early. I heard 200-plus people get to have a second chance, and for my grandmother to be one of them, it’s a blessing.”