Charles “Duke” Tanner – 30 years – First time offender

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Charles “Duke” Tanner – 30 years – First time offender

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At 20 years old preparing for the Indiana State Title in May of 2000. Won the match and became the youngest State Champion.

Name: Charles Tanner #08020-027
DOB: June 9, 1980
Age: 38
Race: African American
Raised: Indiana
Tried: Indiana
Will live: Indiana
Charges: 5 Kilos or more of powder cocaine
Sentence:Two life sentences reduced to 30 years in 2017 per a 2 pt reduction in the Sentencing Guidelines.
Sentenced on: May 2009 but arrested Sept.1, 2004, given no bond, convicted in 2006 but was not sentenced until May 2009.
Served: 14 years
Priors: none – First time offender
Prison Conduct: First disciplinary on Dec 14, 2017 for ginger (herb) from the kitchen

Charles “Duke” Tanner in an autographed  poster. Before Tanner’s 2004 arrest, memorabilia featuring the Gary native could be found throughout his hometown as his popularity soared. “He grew an entourage that was beyond comparison,” said Tom Lewis, Tanner’s former promoter.

Clemency status: Denied 2016
Release date: 11/24/2030
Institution: FCI Allenwood Low
Media: Former Gary boxer’s life sentence reduced to 30 years
The rise and fall of Charles ‘Duke’ Tanner 


According to Charles: 

I was arrested in 2004 for the first time in my life, which halted my promising boxing career and took me away from my 2 year old son and family. I was convicted for non-violent drug charges and given 2 Life sentences. I have been accountable and taken responsibility for my actions that sent me to prison.

I have been incarcerated now for 14 years, and have 12 years of incarceration remaining. I broke the law and I realize taking the short cut was bogus and detrimental.  I used very poor judgment. I have paid a hefty price and severely, 11 years of my life in Maximum Security without any disciplinary problems that entire duration. I have lost my mother, my father, and my oldest brother.

In 2016, my sentence was commuted to 30 years through the retroactive implementation of the ‘Drug -2’ law.  For the first time in 12 years, I woke up with a release date, and knew I was on the right track.  My good standing with the BOP allowed me to transfer to a Low Security prison in Pennsylvania.

I have spent the time on self improvement and now have over 1160 hours of programs, Life Connections, Vocational Building Trades (College Course). Inside out Dads, Parenting, I was the Clerk for Commissary for USP Terre Haute for 3 plus years, Life Connection Clerk, and Captains Orderly at USP McCreary and a Orderly at every prison. I have developed in body, mind, and spirit and ready to be a productive asset to society.

My plans are to live in Indiana to be close to my son and where my significant other resides. I have numerous employment opportunities pending my release. I am extremely passionate about mentoring the youth as I have consistently and effectively done with inmates during my incarceration. I have plans for a non-profit business, which is currently in the planning stages. My goal is to pick up where my life was cut short and make it a favorable ending with a substantial positive contribution to society, utilizing all of my abilities and skills I have worked hard to acquire.

God had a plan for me.  I had to go through this ordeal to be the man I am today. I have acquired many trades and skills that will enable me to be a productive member of society. I am now a new improved version of myself. It did not take me two LIFE sentences to achieve this growth. I have been accountable for my actions and am yearn to return to society a productive, morally, ethically, and spiritually intact Man. I humbly pray President Trump will agree that I deserve a second chance in the form of Executive Clemency. I will make him very proud if he chooses to favor me with his mercy.

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