Rockford Man Free After 19 Years In Prison

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 04/17 2014 12:07PM

Updated 04/17 2014 12:19PM

New York Times

WTVO/WQRF - A Rockford man is free after spending nearly two decades in prison.

Reynolds Wintersmith Jr. is one of eight federal prisoners who were released Thursday, thanks to a pardon from President Obama.

Wintersmith was convicted of selling crack cocaine back in 1994.  He was only 19 at the time.  He was sentenced to life in prison.

Now, as a newly free 39 year-old, he's sharing his story.  He already has radio interviews lined up in Chicago.

The American Civil Liberties Union applauds the president's decision.  The group says Obama gave Wintersmith and the other prisoners a second chance at life.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Wintersmith is cousins with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.  They claim Wintersmith's father is the brother of Patrick's mother.  Patrick, however, says he has never met Wintersmith.

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