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wash­ing­ton» Pres­i­dent Barack Obama par­doned 78 peo­ple, in­clud­ing one Coloradan, and granted com­mu­ta­tions to 153 non­vi­o­lent drug of­fend­ers who were sen­tenced un­der out­dated laws and would have re­ceived lighter sen­tences if con­victed today.

In to­tal, Obama has par­doned 148 peo­ple and granted 1,176 com­mu­ta­tions for fed­eral in­mates un­der the cle­mency ini­tia­tive he and for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric H. Holder Jr. launched two years ago. Obama plans to is­sue more com­mu­ta­tions be­fore he leaves office, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said.

The Coloradan who was par­doned was Randy Dale Cantu of Ni­wot. He had been con­victed in 1978 of con­spir­acy and falsely mak­ing and forg­ing en­dorse­ment on gov­ern­ment bonds.

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