Life sentence of Akron drug dealer reduced to 21 years

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A cocaine trafficker who operated in northeast Ohio in the 1990s has had his life sentence commuted by President Barack Obama and stands to be released in August 2017.

Fifty-one-year-old Ervin Worthy will be released 21 years after he was imprisoned.

Court records show the Akron native had been convicted of cocaine and weapons charges. He has been trying to end his imprisonment since 1997.

Worthy has described himself as a mid- to low-level street dealer. He has said his sentence was too harsh.

Worthy has said he wants to support and coach a youth basketball league if released and help prevent at-risk youth from dealing drugs.

More than 200 people across the country had their sentences reduced, including seven out of Ohio.