Wow. What a year to be a black man.
Fugee affiliate John Forte is reportedly one of 16 people who have received a reduced sentence or a pardon from US President George Bush.
Forte was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being caught with two briefcases filled with $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine at Newark International Airport in 2000.
Forte wrote, produced and appeared on The Fugee’s multi-platinum and Grammy-winning 1996 album, The Score. He also released two solo albums, Poly Sci and I, John.
According to The Washington Post, Forte will be released from jail on December 22nd and will face five years of supervised probation.
Senator Orrin Hatch, singer Carly Simon and her son James, were among the people who advocated for Forte’s release.
“Now is the perfect opportunity for John to be given the chance to provide positive benefits to society through his considerable musical talents,” Hatch wrote to Bush in a January 2007 letter.
Forte was one of two inmates who received reduced sentences. Bush pardoned 14 others.