Trump grants clemency to man sentenced to 30 years for non-violent drug crime

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Oct 24th, 2020 12:04 pm

Last Updated Oct 26th, 2020 at 1:45 pm

President Trump granted clemency on Wednesday to Charles Duke Tanner, a former professional boxer that had already served 16 years of his 30-year sentence in prison for a non-violent drug crime.

Tanner was arrested in 2004 on charges of leading a drug conspiracy. He was originally sentenced to life in prison, but the sentencing was later reduced.

Tanner posted a video on Wednesday in which he thanked God and Trump.

"First and foremost, I wanna give all the praise and glory to God," Tanner said. "Thank you for hearing me.

But President Trump, I just want to thank you for giving me a second chance and believing in me and reading my petition. I'm just so thankful.

It was just 20 years ago that I fought at the Trump casino, and now you sign to give me clemency."

Tanner was forced to leave his son when he was two years old. He is now 18 years old.

"I lost my mother and my father, but I've got [my son]," Tanner said. "This is what I live for.

Thank you, President Trump. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.

All praise and glory goes to God. Thank you. Thank you to the whole Trump administration, because you guys read [my petition]."


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