A woman who was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 but was granted clemency last year by President Barack Obama has been ordered back to prison after being arrested for theft and violating the terms of her supervised release, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday.
Carol Denise Richardson, who was initially arrested for her role in a crack cocaine ring, had her sentence commuted by Obama on March 30, 2016 after serving just under 10 years of her sentence. Richardson was released from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons on July 28, 2016, and placed under supervised release for a period of 10 years.
Less than a year later, Richardson has been ordered to return to federal prison after committing five separate violations of her supervised released terms, the DOJ says.
Richardson’s first violation stemmed from an April 13, 2017, arrest by the Pasadena Police Department for theft, which she failed to report to her probation officer. Richardson also failed to notify her probation officer that she was fired from her job for not showing up and that she had changed her residence. Richardson’s probation officer reported on May 15 that her whereabouts were unknown. She was located and arrested on May 31.
U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who gave Richardson her initial sentence back in 2006, ordered her back to federal prison for 14 months after a Thursday hearing and “expressed his disappointment with the defendant, noting that she had wasted the extremely rare opportunity she was given,” according to the DOJ release. Read more at Free Beacon.