Michigan man serving up to 60 years for pot seeks release

Michigan News

This Nov. 2, 2017 photo released by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Michael Thompson, who is incarcerated at the Muskegon, Mich., Correctional Facility Thompson, who was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana dealing conviction, is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars. (Michigan Department of Corrections via AP)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WNEM-TV) — 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-Gov. 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 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And a prosecutor says he’s willing to see what can be done.

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