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President Obama cuts sentences for 3 South Carolina inmates

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Three South Carolina drug offenders are among 46 federal convicts who President Barack Obama reduced prison sentences for as part of a larger effort to ease the punishment of those serving more time than their crimes warranted.

Officials said in a statement Monday that sentences have been commuted for Douglas Lindsay II of Newberry, Kevin Matthews of James Island and Donald Vanderhorst of Charleston.

The three went to prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Lindsay was convicted in 1996 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Matthews was convicted in 2004 and sentenced to 19-years in prison. Vanderhorst was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Each of the men is scheduled to be released Nov. 10.

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