A 49-year-old Texan granted clemency by then-President Barack Obama finds herself back in prison. The woman is reported to have repeatedly violated the terms of her release from a previous life sentence.
In 2006, Carol Denise Richardson received a life sentence for a federal conviction of conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and two counts of actual possession of the drug with intent to distribute. She now finds herself back in prison after Pasadena, Texas, police officers arrested her for theft of $60-worth of laundry detergent which she allegedly planned to use to buy drugs, the Houston Chroniclereported.
The Bureau of Prisons released the Texas City woman on July 28, 2016 after President Obama granted her clemency. The now-former president granted clemency to hundreds of prisoners during his term of office – more than all of the past nine presidents combined, Breitbart News reported. Most of those had federal drug charges, including distribution.
“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 written statement. “She has clearly shown a willful disregard for the law and must face the consequences for her crimes and actions.”