By: Earnest Wright | 06-14-2017 | News
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Obama Crack Clemency: Carol Denise Richardson Back in Jail

Self-sabotage is a real problem that many people struggle with. That was the case with a Texas woman who was given a second chance by President Obama.

Even after being freed from a life sentence last year by being granted clemency by Obama, the Texas woman is back in prison.

Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was arrested for theft in Pasadena, a Houston suburb. Richardson violated other conditions imposed when she was released from prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato expressed his disappointment in a statement released by his office saying that:

"This defendant was literally given a second chance to become a productive member of society and has wasted it," Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Imperato said in a statement released by his office. "She has clearly shown a willful disregard for the law and must face the consequences for her crimes and actions."

A federal jury convicted Richardson in June 2006 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and two counts of possession with intent to distribute the drug, the paper reported. Richardson was sentenced to life in prison due to her extensive criminal record.

Richardson was ordered to remain under supervision for 10 years after her release last year, but on April 13 she was arrested by Pasadena police. Apart from the theft charges, Richardson violated five separate terms of her release including failing to report that she had been arrested, terminated from a job and that she had changed her address.

Richardson was told that she had wasted a rare opportunity at freedom as she appeared before U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison on Thursday. Ellison ordered her back to federal prison for 14 months, with five years of supervised release beyond that.


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