Sentences of 214 criminals, including CO native, commuted

Demaryius Thomas' grandmother included in list
Posted at 1:11 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 22:14:46-04

DENVER -- The sentences of 214 criminals serving time in federal detention centers have been commuted at the stroke of President Barack Obama's pen. 

Included in the commutations are a Colorado Springs native and the grandmother of Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. 

Erenio Perez, who hails from Colorado Springs, went to prison in April of 1996 when he was convicted of possession with intent to distribute drugs including methamphetamine. 

Perez also was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His sentence was handed down as life imprisonment with 10 years of supervised release. 

Perez's sentence will expire on Dec. 1, 2016. 

Obama also signed off on the commutation of Minnie Pearl Thomas, who is Demaryius Thomas' grandmother. She was set to serve life imprisonment with 10 years of supervised release for her conviction in July of 2000. 

Thomas had been convicted of conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute cocaine in Georgia. 

Thomas' sentence will also expire on Dec. 1, 2016. 

Demaryius Thomas said he was shocked to find out about the commutation on Wednesday. The Denver Broncos released a video of Thomas' reaction soon after news broke.