According to police, a former crack cocaine dealer whose sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama is now reportedly back behind bars for allegedly murdering an Illinois highway passenger.
Alton Mills, 54, who was granted clemency eight years ago, was charged with three counts of attempted murder for the gunshot that left the victim in critical condition, according to the Illinois State Police.
Mills is accused of discharging multiple shots at another vehicle while seated in a car on an Interstate 57 on-ramp in Posen, a village roughly 50 miles south of Chicago, on Sunday.
Following his apprehension, Mills was detained without bond.
Obama commuted his life sentence in 2016 after he served 22 years in prison for narcotics offenses.
In 1994, he was convicted on federal offenses related to a crack narcotics conspiracy.
The then-25-year-old Mills had two prior convictions for possession of less than five grams of crack cocaine, prompting prosecutors to file a motion to increase his sentence to life without parole.
Obama chose Mills as one of 95 non-violent federal prisoners whose sentences were commuted during the height of the drug war as part of a clemency initiative.
Multiple politicians highlighted Mills’ case as a nonviolent offender in the years leading up to his release.
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