Michigan Man Serving Up To 60 Years For Pot Seeks Release

From the Associated Press — A Michigan man sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana dealing conviction is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars. WNEM-TV reports that 68-year-old Michael Thompson has served nearly 25 years of his sentence and won’t have a chance for parole until he’s in his late 80s. Thompson was denied clemency by then-Governor Rick Snyder two years ago, but now a movement called “Free Michael Thompson” has gained traction. There is a website dedicated to sending emails and letters as well as making calls to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. And a prosecutor says he’s willing to see what can be done.