San Antonio, Texas - Former federal prison inmate Robert Gill, who received a second chance from former President Obama in 2015, was arrested again on Thursday.
According to MySanAntonio, Robert Gill, age 68, was arrested after he wrecked his car into undercover officers' cars while fleeing from them, after a drug deal. In 1990, Gill was sentenced to life in prison for cocaine and heroin distribution. He earned a legal education from prison libraries and successfully petitioned Obama for a second chance after his appeals were exhausted.
Robert Gill had his first court hearing on Friday, February 3, 2017, and a U.S. Magistrate ordered him held with no bond. He is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of Cocaine and has another court date for February 16, 2017. And he again faces a potential sentence of up to 40 years, with a mandatory sentence of five years.
He was one of about 1,700 federal inmates whose sentences were commuted by Obama as part of a plan to give relief to non-violent offenders who were serving long prison terms. In the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of offenders were given punishments under mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for federal drug offenses that have changed and now carry shorter sentences. In a statement, Obama said that he accepted Gill's application because he had "demonstrated the potential to turn your life around."
After being released, Robert Gill bought one kilogram of cocaine on Thursday, February 2, 2017, while being watched by federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations. The buy was just hours after Gill had met with his federal probation officer. He was arrested after a pursuit by Bexar County Deputies in which he crashed into their patrol cars and another motorist.
Robert Gill said that he had planned on selling the cocaine to make more money. Gill's employer, Calfas, said that he is a perfect example of why long prison terms and mandatory sentencing do not work.
Actually they do work, if their intended purpose is to keep drug dealers in jail and to limit drugs on the street. If Gill had remained in jail, he wouldn't have had the freedom to buy more drugs, which he admittedly was going to put on the street, or to run from police. He wouldn't have wrecked his vehicle and hit a completely innocent person going about their normal business, or fled again from police until his vehicle was disabled.
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