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Rockford prisoner says he'll make Obama proud

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 4:30 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After a Chicago federal defender told her client Barack Obama had just commuted his life sentence, he told her the president wouldn't regret it.

The attorney spoke to Reynolds Wintersmith Jr. Thursday when it was announced he and 20 others had been granted clemency.

The 39-year-old Rockford man assured attorney MiAngel Cody he would lead a productive life when he's released April 17. His words were, "I intend to make President Obama proud."

Cody says Wintersmith was a teenager 20 years ago when a judge sentenced him to life in prison for dealing crack cocaine.

She says Wintersmith has worked hard at becoming a better person. She added, "Who he has become is his way of apologizing to all the people he ever wronged."

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