Drug Dealer Whose Life Sentence Was Commuted by Obama Is Caught Trafficking Cocaine
A Texas felon who was pardoned by Obama is back behind bars after he was caught 'fleeing police with two pounds of cocaine worth $26,000'.
Robert M. Gill is getting reacquainted with his jail cell after he crashed into another vehicle when fleeing from police following an alleged drug deal in San Antonio on Thursday.
The 68-year-old's original life sentence was pardoned by President Obama but now he could face up to 40 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, according to Bexar County police.
Gill was jailed on charges of cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy in 1990, until Obama commuted the 'nonviolent offender' in 2015, the San Antonio Express News reported.
After his release Gill seemingly made an effort to stay away from a life of crime and he became a paralegal for local criminal defense law firm.
But on Thursday he met an unidentified person in the parking lot of a grocery store to pick up a 'black backpack containing a kilo of cocaine worth $26,000', the affidavit said.
When a Bexas County Sheriff police car tried to pull the Vietnam War veteran over, he took off and led officials on a high-speed pursuit before he crashed into another car.
Gill tried to flee again but agents were able to stop him and retrieve the backpack inside his car, the affidavit continued.
Obama pardoned 1,700 federal prisoners in an effort to free nonviolent inmates who were serving lengthy sentences.
The former president signed Gill's release and said 'you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. … Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.'
Ronald Schmidt, a lawyer who helped Gill appeal his life sentence in the courts, said to the San Antonio newspaper: 'I’m so disappointed to hear that he got arrested again.'