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Ex-Michigan gang member who saw sentence commuted by President Obama ‘executed’ in halfway house

January 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ex-Michigan gang member who saw sentence commuted by President Obama ‘executed’ in halfway house

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A former Michigan gang member whose prison sentence was commuted by President Obama back in November was executed at a federal halfway house on Monday night.

Damarlon Thomas, an ex-Saginaw Sunny Side Gang member, was sought out by two armed men wearing masks carrying assault rifles when they entered the halfway house in what police say was a targeted execution.

One of the armed assailants shot Thomas in the head multiple times at close range, just after 9:30 p.m. while his partner held two dozen people at gunpoint, according to Michigan State Police Lieutenant David Kaiser.

“One person watched over a group while another subject located the victim and executed him,” Kaiser told MLive.com. “They were looking for this person.”

Thomas, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt, and the suspects are still on the lam.

It was not clear if Thomas was living at the halfway house.

Thomas was sentenced in 2008 to 19 years behind bars after he was convicted on drug charges. He was arrested as part of the federal probe dubbed “Operation Sunset,” which dismantled the Sunny Side Gang’s presence in the city’s south side.

President Obama announced the commutations of 79 people, including Thomas, on November 22nd. His jail sentence was scheduled to conclude in March.

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