Demaryius Thomas's Mom Has Prison Sentence Commuted by President Obama

Demaryius Thomas, Katina Smith, President Obama

Demaryius Thomas's Mom Has Prison Sentence Commuted by President Obama

Katina Smith was one of 46 prisoners who were granted clemency Monday.

Published July 14, 2015

Demaryius Thomas received some amazing news Monday.

The Denver Broncos star wide receiver's mother, Katina Smith, was one of 46 people whose sentences were commuted by President Obama. The decision means Smith will return home this November.

An excited Thomas took to his Facebook page to share the exciting news.

God is good.. Great news today, My Best lady come home November 10.. Godbless..

Posted by Demaryius Thomas on Monday, July 13, 2015

According to USA TODAY Sports, Smith and Thomas’s grandmother, Minnie Thomas, were arrested for narcotics trafficking in 1999 and have been in prison since Thomas was 11 years old. Minnie was sentenced to life, but Smith was scheduled to be released in 2017. Smith and Thomas's story was brought to the forefront thanks to an ESPN The Magazine feature piece in January 2014.

President Obama's clemency to those 46 prisoners Monday was done in an effort to point out the harsh, unfair sentences of prisoners convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.

“Federal sentencing practices can, in too many instances, lead nonviolent drug offenders to spend decades, if not life, in prison," a White House press release statement said. "These unduly harsh sentences are one of the reasons the President is committed to using all the tools at his disposal to remedy unfairness in our criminal justice system. [Monday], he is continuing this effort by granting clemency to 46 men and women, nearly all of whom would have already served their time and returned to society if they were convicted of the exact same crime today."

Smith's fall return home means she will get to attend a Broncos game and see her son Demaryius play in-person for the first time in his NFL career.

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(Photos from left: John Parra/Getty Images for ESPN, Demaryius Thomas via Facebook)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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