Joe Biden commutes a KCMO man’s life sentence for a nonviolent narcotics charge to 25 years in prison

President Joe Biden has granted clemency to a man from Kansas City, Missouri, who was serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. In a press release on Friday, it was announced that the man’s sentence has been commuted to 25 years.

Deondre Cordell Higgins, aged 48, received a life sentence on August 30, 2011, without the possibility of supervised release for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine and for personally distributing cocaine.

Biden commuted Higgins’ sentence to 25 years, but he did not make any changes to the other parts of his sentence. As a result, Higgins will spend the last two years of his sentence in pre-release custody.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri in 2011, a federal judge convicted Higgins of distributing crack cocaine in Jackson County, Missouri, from January 1, 2005, to November 18, 2008.

Higgens is currently serving his sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Terra Haute, Indiana.


Apart from Higgins, Biden has also granted clemency to 10 other individuals who have been serving excessively long sentences for non-violent drug offenses, as stated in the release.

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