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Patrick’s cousin gets presidential clemency

Obama calls life term for drugs too harsh | Governor says he had no role in the case

WASHINGTON — President Obama granted a commutation Thursday to the first cousin of Governor Deval Patrick, allowing the release of a man who in 1994 was given a life sentence on charges of dealing crack cocaine.

Patrick said that he does not recall ever meeting his first cousin Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr., 39, of Rockford, Ill., and that he had no involvement in his application for clemency, which has been a cause of national advocates for years and has been featured in the national media.

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