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Wednesday, August 03, 2016 10:08 pm

Obama commutes sentence of Columbia City man

The Journal Gazette

President Obama today commuted the 52-year prison term of a Columbia City truck driver sentenced on nine drug-related offenses in 2000, the White House announced.

Asher Adkins' sentence is now set to expire Dec. 1, the White House said in a statement. He will have five years on probation.

Adkins' commutation was one of 214 the White House announced today.

He was accused of masterminding a drug distribution ring in northeast Indiana, but after four days of testimony at his November 1993 trial, he failed to appear for the last day of the trial, according to Journal Gazette archives. A jury found him guilty even though he wasn't present.

U.S. marshals tracked Adkins to Mexico, but failed to apprehend him. He was captured at a South Carolina grocery store in March 1999, and was sentenced to the 52-year term in January 2000. He had faced a sentence of up to life in prison plus 265 years.