Meth, pot and alligators, Obama pardons 8
May 20th, 2011
06:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Meth, pot and alligators, Obama pardons 8

Washington (CNN) - President Obama granted eight pardons Friday for convictions ranging from the distribution of illegal drugs, stealing satellite cable and even the prohibited sale of alligator hides.

The details from the White House:

- Randy Eugene Dyer – Burien, Wash.
Offense: Conspiracy to import marijuana (hashish), 21 U.S.C. § 963; conspiracy to remove baggage from the custody and control of the U.S. Customs Service and convey false information concerning an attempt to damage a civil aircraft, 18 U.S.C. § 371.
Sentence: June 19, 1975; Western District of Washington; five years in prison and two years of special parole (special parole term subsequently vacated.)

- Danny Alonzo Levitz – Angola, Ind.
Offense: Conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. § 371.
Sentence: Aug. 18, 1980; Northern District of Indiana; two years of probation, $400 fine.

- Michael Ray Neal – Palm Coast, Fla.
Offense: Manufacture, assembly, modification and distribution of equipment for unauthorized decryption of satellite cable programming, 47U.S.C. § 605(e)(4).
Sentence: May 31, 1991, as amended June 2, 1992; Eastern District of Virginia; six months in prison, three years of supervised release conditioned on six months of home confinement, $2,500 fine.

- Edwin Alan North – Wolcottville, Ind.
Offense: Transfer of a firearm without payment of transfer tax, 26 U.S.C. § 5861(e).
Sentence: Aug. 18, 1980; Northern District of Indiana; six months of unsupervised probation.

- Allen Edward Peratt Sr. – Sioux Falls, S.D.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846.
Sentence: July 23, 1990, as amended May 29, 1991; District of South Dakota; 30 months in prison, five years of supervised release.

- Christine Marie Rossiter – Lincoln, Neb.
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846.
Sentence: Oct. 7, 1992; District of Nebraska; three years of probation conditioned on performance of 500 hours of community service.

- Patricia Ann Weinzatl – Prentice, Wis.
Offense: Structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements, 31 U.S.C. § 5324(a)(3).
Sentence: Aug. 15, 2001; Western District of Wisconsin; three years of probation, $5,000 fine.

- Bobby Gerald Wilson – Summerton, S.C.
Offense: Aiding and abetting the possession and sale of illegal American alligator hides (Lacey Act), 16 U.S.C. § 3373(d)(1)(B) and 18U.S.C. § 2.
Sentence: Dec. 19, 1985, as amended May 13, 1986; Southern District of Georgia; three and one-half months in prison, five years of probation conditioned on performance of 300 hours of community service.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. David

    What a chicken poo story, CNN is not being a fair and accurate news organization because they are not printing the reason these people are being pardoned. Without that info we are left to guess why they are being pardoned. I have a feeling their are mitigating circumstances for these pardons.

    May 20, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    You're kidding right??? Wall Street and CEO's got away with murdering the economy with no consequences at all...let's legalize marijuana and tax it. That will surly help our situation.

    May 20, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Why is he already doing pardons? Does that mean he sees the reality of 2012?

    May 20, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Lou in ME

    This is news? All presidents do this.

    May 20, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Jon

    Huh. So looking at the sentences – it looks like these people already served their time. I suppose all that a Presidential pardon does in this situation is clear the crime off of their records. Interesting. Didn't know that.

    May 20, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Howard

    Since I appear to be the first post you can bet everything going forward will a combination of Racist Rants and Trash Talk!
    Presidential Pardens are nothing new–been going on with every President–The only problem is that no one wants to cut this poor guy some slack!!

    May 20, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Nick

    Did he give a reason for doing this?

    May 20, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. viranka

    you pardon some damn potheads and take away my internet poker , YOU SON OF A BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. me

    Given the time served, length of time since the convictions, these pardons seem fair if they've remained law abiding.

    May 20, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Bryan

    he pardoned some one for stealing cable?

    Are there not more "deserving" people who need a pardon more? I would not have guessed a 6 month sentence would be deserving of a presidential pardon.

    Or OMG some one did not pay the tax to transfer a firearm license. 6 months unsupervised probation. Yep he definitely NEEDED that pardon.

    Stop wasting your time, and do something productive that actually helps people...

    May 20, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Albo58

    I wonder what's the going rate for an Obama pardon? Is it more or less as expensive than a Clinton pardon?

    May 20, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. s kel

    wow,real hard asses i see. That cable guy really scared me the most, wow.

    May 20, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. Aaron

    What's up with this? These don't sound like rich people. Rich people been the only ones to get pardons forever in the U.S.

    May 20, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. Jeff Spangler

    What's a pardon cost these days, other than counsel and court fees?

    May 20, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Suman

    I wish the reasons for their pardon are also given alongside. It looks as though they had served much beyond their prison terms.

    May 20, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  16. Tim

    I don't understand these sentence dates?

    May 20, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. 66Biker

    What's the big deal? If you were to add up all of the sentences they don't even equal one of the prison terms pardoned by some other Presidents. And Presidents are allowed to pardon anyone they choose.

    May 21, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. Sparks62

    could someone please explain to me what exactly is wrong with your Presidents Brain?
    'Cause Up here in Canada we JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS.

    May 21, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. AndreLinoge

    Something's missing here.

    Reason for Pardon:

    May 21, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  20. stevetall

    Considering all the people currently suffering ridiculous sentences for offenses that shouldn't be crimes at all, it seems like this is a pathetically dinkey gesture. Everyone appears to have paid their debt to society for these petty crimes long ago. Big campaign donors, special friends, or what?!? By the way, I didn't see any reference to 'meth' crime that was mentioned in the headline.

    May 21, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |

    Keep it Obama you're digging a hole you can't gdet out of.

    May 21, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  22. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Whatever. Pardoning felons who already served their sentence is an empty gesture. But I guess let the critics chew on something. They are running out of things to twist to criticize Obama about.

    May 21, 2011 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  23. mach

    All Right!!! More liberal votes.

    May 21, 2011 05:57 am at 5:57 am |