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Iowa men among 214 commuted federal inmate sentences

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Three Iowa men convicted on drug-related charges are among 214 federal inmates to have their sentences commuted by President Barack Obama.

The White House said Wednesday sentences for David Dean Millard of Grimes and Michael Sandmeyer of Rockford were commuted to expire on Dec. 1.

Millard was sentenced to life in October 1996 for methamphetamine distribution and Sandmeyer began serving 20 years in 2003 for methamphetamine distribution and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The life sentence for Martin Ruiz Singh of Marshalltown was commuted to 20 years. He was sentenced in 2006 for distribution of methamphetamine and possessing a firearm as a felon.

The White House says those receiving commutations were imprisoned under antiquated, overly harsh sentencing laws. Almost all were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.

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