Commute sentence for Columbia businessman to Time Served

Lawyers for a Columbia businessman, Dimetrious Woods, are employing last ditch efforts to keep him out of prison.

Dimetrious Woods  served 11 years in prison for a nonviolent drug trafficking offense before being released on parole. Two years later, a Missouri Supreme Court ruling appears likely to send him back to prison.

Woods, 40, was charged in 2006 and sentenced in 2007 under the prior and persistent drug offenses guidelines because he’d already been convicted for one drug-related felony as a minor, reported the Columbia Missourian. That triggered the sentence of 25 years without the possibility of parole.

But the prior and persistent guidelines, which directed judges to sentence nonviolent drug offenders without a chance of parole, were repealed by changes to state law in 2014.

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