- Created on Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:00
A Texas man whose life sentence on drug charges was commuted by former President Obama is back behind bars after cops caught him with more than two pounds of cocaine following a high-speed chase, according to a report. Robert M. Gill, 68, had been imprisoned in 1990 for for cocaine and heroin distribution before Obama set him free along with other non- violent federal inmates in 2015. Last Thursday, according to federal court papers, Gill met with his probation officers and then went to the parking lot of a food market to buy more than 2 pounds of cocaine, and a sheriff's deputy in an unmarked car tried to stop him, the affidavit said. But Gill took off and after a high-speed chase collided with another vehicle where deputies were able to disable his car. Officers found the cocaine in the backpack and put him under arrest, the affidavit said. In signing his release, Obama said he did so "because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity." He faces a return to prison for up to 40 years, if convicted.