Knoxville man among 46 receiving commuted sentences

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Knoxville man is among 46 people whose sentences have been commuted by President Barack Obama.

The White House said the sentence of Tony Lynn Hollis was commuted to expire on Nov. 10.

Hollis was convicted in the Eastern District of Tennessee of possession with intent to distribute 26.5 grams of cocaine base and sentenced to more than 21 years in prison with eight years’ supervised release in 2001.

The 46 inmates whose sentences were commuted Monday are non-violent drug offenders.

Obama said in a video released by the White House that 14 of the inmates had been sentenced to life in prison and the vast majority to at least 20 years, adding that “their punishments didn’t fit the crime.”