Chad Mouton – 25 years for pot

Chad Mouton #14244-035
Race: white
Married:  yes
Age: 41 years old
Children: when married my wife had 2 daughters 2 and 3 yrs old. both in 20’s now. 2 step daughters. i biological daughter who was born after i was locked up
State were i am from:  Louisiana.
Indicted: Louisiana
Will release to: My parents; lake charles LA 70605
Pled:  Guilty to 1 count of conspiracy, and 1 count of poss of a firearm by convicted felon
Length of sentence: 25 years (292 months) when everyone received 2 level reduction i received i only one level and it dropped my sentence to 22 years (262 months)
Time served: 12yrs and 4 months (148 months) straight time. this equals 175 months with good time (85%)
Started sentence:  nov 10th 2008, plus i have another 30 days credit from when my charges were state before i bailed out
Release date: to home confinement is october 2026
Priors 2 minor marijuana priors both over 20 years old. i was careered on these which was immoral. neither of these priors could be valid today because of the first step act
Prison conduct: very good I had a shot in 2015 for letting someone use my phone minutes i pled guilty. i had a shot in 2020 for not wearing a mask, i did not plea guilty and fought it all the way through since i wasn’t guilty of breaking a rule at that time
Clemency status: I have had one pending since june 2018 (clemency case # C278458) i filed another in december 2020. i had my mom check and it showed no new number then
Supporters yes lots family, friends do i need to start doing something here to get anything ready?
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nstitution- lee county satellite camp (no fence)
Accomplishments- learned to do industrial sewing through Lamar collage in Texas. got job in unicor and excelled to the point to where i was made lead man of the section. worked unicor 60 months till i left there
Health Issues: BMI over 40 (42.6)

BRIEF SUMMARY OF HOW I LANDED IN PRISON
In 2006 I purchased a larger house in a better school district before my oldest step daughter was to start middle school. money was tight but we were getting by. in 2007 with the financial down turn/recession my wife lost her job. i had spent all my savings getting new house (money down, updates). with the loss of that income i quickly came to the point where we were going to start losing our things. under extreme financial pressure as a kid in my late 20’s i didn’t know what to do. i started selling meth to supplement my income. it was a situation that spiraled out of control. a year and a half later i was indicted as the last man on a conspiracy case.

WHY I DESERVE CLEMENCY
1 I was the last man on the conspiracy(smallest fish)
2 even as the smallest fish i received 19.33 years more than the king pin for the same conspiracy charge. he has been out for years. i was sentenced to more time than anyone else. everyone but maybe one person is out
3 when given the opportunity i worked unicor for 60 months and saved all my pay entirely for release, so now i am well prepared for release
4 I have taken many educational programs. the latest is the commercial driver’s license (CDL). i tested and received CDL permit on 6-11-21. hopefully in a month or so i will be brought to be tested and have my full class A CDL
5 recently I have suffered through extreme lockdowns for covid. it has been a very rough time
6 because of some of the common sense law changes / first step act
the fact that if sentenced today my minor marijuana priors could not be used to 841 enhance me. a guideline sentence for me today is 151 months. i have more than finished that 151 months sentence(the sentence deemed warranted by congress for the crimes i committed) i have done 3 years over what a legal guideline sentence for me today would be (under modern law)

Amy Ralston Povah is a clemency recipient under President Clinton, an award winning filmmaker, and founder of the CAN-DO Foundation.