North Iowa woman getting out of federal prison early

KIMT WEB News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Six Iowans, including one from Mason City, had their federal sentences commuted Friday by President Obama.

39-year-old Mandy Martinson was sentenced in 2006 to 15 years in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and marijuana, possession with intent to distribute meth and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.  Thanks to the President’s order, Martinson will get out of prison on November 4, 2018.  She will have to enroll in a residential drug treatment program.

The other Iowans include:

Zoann Brown of Rowan – Sentenced to over 24 years in 2007 for possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams or more of meth.  Brown will now be released on November 4, 2018

Martin Godbersen of Sioux City – Sentenced to more than 18 years in prison, followed by 8 years of supervised release, in 2005 for conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of meth and possession with intent to distribute, both following a felony drug conviction.  Godbersen will now serve just over 24 years behind bars.

Michael Lee Roth of Primghar – Got just over 20 years in 2008 for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 50 or more grams of meth and facilitating an illegal drug enterprise.  He will now be released on March 4, 2017.

Leonel Cano Vela of Davenport – Sentenced to 30 years in 2003 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.  That has now been commuted to just over 15 years in federal prison.

Justin L. Border of Davenport – Received 20 years in 2002 for conspiracy to distribute drugs, possession of drugs with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm.  He will now be released on March 4, 2017.

These are among 72 individuals who received federal commutations on Friday.

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