Demaryius Thomas might not be getting the new deal he hoped for from the Denver Broncos this week, but he’s received some great news sure to make him happy. President Barrack Obama has commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners today, one of whom happens to be Thomas’ mother, Katrina Smith.
Obama considered the sentences of these 46 inmates to be “overly punitive”, factoring in that they are serving time for non-violent crimes. Thomas’ mother has been in prison since 2000, as has his grandmother, for drug trafficking. Smith was due to get out of prison in 2017.
Thomas was 11 years old when his mother was arrested and was present when police stormed his grandmother’s home in a drug sting. Thomas’ story was documented in the E:60 documentary ‘No Doubting Thomas’ and if you haven’t seen it, take a few minutes to watch the bittersweet chronicle.
Smith was offered a plea deal, which would have only taken her from her children for four years, if she would testify against her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas. She couldn’t bring herself to do it, despite Minnie Pearl’s insistence that she should.
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Demaryius spent most of his adolescence with his aunt, and would go on to dominate high school and college football, which culminated in him being selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Broncos.
He has become one of the most prolific wide receivers in the game. He’s set franchise and league records and now he gets to share that success with his mother.
For Thomas and Smith, they now have the opportunity to catch up on lost time. This is one of those stories that will bring a smile to your face.