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Pensacola woman's sentence commuted


After nearly two decades, a Pensacola woman will soon be freed from prison.

President Obama commuted the sentences of Stephanie George and seven others, because sentencing guidelines have changed since they were convicted.
      
George was sentenced to life in 1997, after her boyfriend's crack cocaine was found in her attic.
       Her boyfriend confessed, but George had prior drug convictions, triggering a mandatory life sentence.
           Now... She's coming home.

Rosa Albritton was at work when she found out her daughter was coming home
There were tears and excitement. Rosa tells us, her prayers have finally been answered.
    It's the story of a mother who never gave up on her daughter.
   
Rosa Albritton remembers sitting in the courtroom 17 years ago, listening as a judge announced, her daughter Stephanie George would spend the rest of her life in prison.
    George was just 27 at the time. She left behind her three young children.
   
At the time, because George had prior drug convictions, the judge had no choice but to send her away for life.
   
Albritton says she gets angry when she thinks about the important moments her daughter missed.
    But, she's looking forward to the future. The thing she can't wait to do? Cook some of her daughters favorite meals.
    "She always called on holidays and says 'mom, what did you cook? Oh I can't wait to have that.' Yesterday I told her whatever you want let me know."

George will be returning home in April. Her family plans on having a very big Homecoming Celebration.