Gang member whose prison sentence was commuted by Obama receives street justice

Gang member whose prison sentence was commuted by Obama receives street justice

If Damarlon C. Thomas could speak from beyond the grave, he might want to say “thank you” to Barack Obama, then add “for nothing!”

Thomas, a gang member from Saginaw, Mich., who was serving a 19-year prison sentence for drug-related crimes that included the sale of cocaine, was one of the lucky stiffs whose jail terms were commuted by the former president in his eleventh-hour push for “justice reform.” Now Thomas is a plain stiff.

According to mlive,  he was shot to death execution-style around 9:40 p.m. Monday.

Police say two masked gunmen with assault-style rifles entered a federal halfway house [where Thomas was living] Monday night with a specific goal: the “execution” of a man recently released from prison at the behest of former President Barack Obama.


Thomas, 31, was shot in the head and numerous other times by one of the gunmen as his partner corralled at gunpoint some of the other 23 people in the house, [Police Lt. David] Kaiser said.

“One person watched over a group of them while another subject located the victim and executed him,” Kaiser said. “They were looking for this person.”

No one else was injured, and it’s unknown at this time what security measures the halfway house had in place, Kaiser said. No suspects are in custody.

It is impossible to say whether Thomas would have gone straight had he lived — which he probably would have had he stayed in jail. One has to wonder whether his survivors will file a wrongful death suit against the federal government.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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