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Matthew Charles

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The story of Matthew Charles, a Nashville man sent back to prison after being released for more than two years, has become something of a cause celeb, bringing pleas for his clemency all the way to the Oval Office.

Matthew Charles
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A campaign seeking the release of a Nashville man from prison is flourishing on social media in the week following WPLN's report on Matthew Charles's case. Charles was released early in 2016, but a higher court later ruled his sentence reduction was a mistake and ordered him back behind bars.

Matthew Charles
Julie Martinelli / WPLN

When a Nashville man named Matthew Charles was released from prison early in 2016 after a sentence reduction, he’d spent almost half his life behind bars. But in a rare move, a federal court ruled his term was reduced in error and ordered him back behind bars to finish his sentence.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN


Matthew Charles understands patience. Twenty years in prison will do that.

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A Nashville man facing another decade in prison, a year and a half after his release, will not receive leniency from the federal prosecutor’s office.

 

This morning, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, Donald Cochran, officially declined to modify the government's position on Matthew Charles' resentencing.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

A Nashville man facing another decade in prison, a year and a half after his release, may be able to continue his life on the outside.

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Editor's note: On Friday night, a judge postponed Matthew Charles's hearing. See the update here.

 

Last year, a Nashville man got an unlikely chance at redemption.

Matthew Charles walked out of a federal prison a decade before the end of his term, after the Obama administration reduced the minimum sentence guidelines for dealing crack. He has spent the past year and a half rebuilding his life.

But now in a rare case, a higher court says he needs to go back behind bars.