Boynton man receives commutation of sentence from President Obama

Chela Urbina, a Boynton Beach man who was convicted of four drug charges and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison in 1995, had his sentence commuted today by President Obama.

Urbina will be released from prison on Sept. 2.

He was originally found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine, importation of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing cocaine on Nov. 14, 1995, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Urbina was sentenced to 360 months (30 years) in prison and five years supervised release.

Urbina was subsequently sentenced to an additional 27 months in prison and three years supervised release on May 1, 1997 for being found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The full list of commutations is available at whitehouse.gov.

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