SAN ANTONIO — A Texas drug dealer who had his life sentence commuted by former-President Obama, has been busted again after leading cops on a high speed chase with nearly two pounds of cocaine in his car.
Robert Gill, 67, had been released in 2015 after serving 25 years for cocaine and heroin distribution, was one of 1,715 inmates whose sentences had been shortened by President Obama.
According to court documents, Gill had gone to buy the cocaine in a supermarket parking lot in Texas just after meeting with his probation officers. They followed and caught him in the act.
When signing his release, Obama said Gill had “demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. … Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”
Gill’s prison warden also said he had “reformed and rehabilitated himself and poses no threat to the outside world.”
Gill, who had become a jailhouse lawyer behind bars, said he had always maintained hope that one day he would go free, even after his three co-defendants all died in jail.
“I believed there were people in government with rational minds who sooner or later would realize that the sentence wasn’t fair,” Gill told the San Antonio Express-News a year after his release. “Yes, you have the thought that you’re going to die in prison — that’s a human reaction. But there’s always the possibility that they’ll acknowledge the injustice.”
Ronald Schmidt, a lawyer who helped Gill in his appeals, told the paper that he was “so disappointed to hear that he got arrested again.”