SAGINAW (WWJ/AP) – A man whose drug-related prison sentence was commuted in November by President Barack Obama has been fatally shot at a federal halfway house in Michigan after two men with assault-style rifles sought him out, police said.

Two men wearing masks went into Bannum Place in Saginaw on Monday night with plans to kill 31-year-old Damarlon Thomas, a former Saginaw gang member. Lt. David Kaiser said Thomas was shot several times by one of the men as some of the roughly two dozen people at the home were held at gunpoint.

“One person watched over a group of them while another subject located the victim and executed him,” Kaiser told The Saginaw News. “They were looking for this person.”

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, WSGW-AM reported. No one else was injured and no one was immediately taken into custody.

“This was a very targeted individual, for whatever reason,” said Kaiser. “The people that shot this man knew who they were looking for and wanted him deceased.”

Thomas had been sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2008 on a cocaine charge, but with the commutation the sentence was to expire in March. He was arrested as part of “Operation Sunset,” a federal investigation that effectively dismantled the “Sunny Side Gang” in Saginaw.

Thomas’ commutation, which was among a group of 79 announced Nov. 22, was part of Obama’s second-term effort to try to remedy the consequences of decades of onerous sentencing requirements that Obama said had imprisoned thousands of drug offenders for too long.

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Comments (181)
  1. Kye Kelly says:

    Obama commutes a 19 year sentence and an alt-justice system executes a death sentence. I wonder how many of the other half-wayers in the room saw anything happen?

    1. Lest we forget, a thug Obama released last month….”serving a long sentence for just a little weed”…..within the first three weeks of freedom had several run-ins and then completed his vacation by blowing his ex-wife’s brains out and then shooting his two children multiple times. All three, of course, died.

      Another great leap forward for Father Obamaham’s Emancipation of the African-American from the chains of Caucasian judgementalism.

      1. These are supposed to be non violent offenders according to Obama

        1. Jo Gregg says:

          Usually a person is arrested for one offense, then typically pleads down to a lesser offense. So, while their crime on the books may be non-violent, the actual crime he or she committed may in fact have been violent. In regard to the instant case of Damarlon Thomas, it sounds like a gang related hit. Hopefully we’ll find out, if the witnesses are willing to cooperate. (Not sure that I would be.) .

        2. Jim Monks says:

          Obama lied, people died.

      2. Josh Davis says:

        Sounds an awful like Wendell Callahan. If that’s who you’re thinking of, he was a crack dealer and it happened in March of 2015

  2. Indeed. Yet another story from the Life Is a Self-Cleaning Oven files.

  3. Vox Veritas says:

    Someone’s black life didn’t matter after all — not to black politicians, anyway.

  4. What was this guy’s link to the Clintons?

  5. John Smith says:

    The law of unintended consequences has never been repealed, Harvard Law Professor Obama!

  6. outragedyt says:

    HaHa, I am glad the chimp is dead.

  7. Guy Gadbous says:

    Wow! What a surprise! A dirtbag who’s sentence was commuted by the great “0” is shot dead.
    On another not the sky is blue and water is wet.

    1. The word you needed to use, stupid, is ‘whose’. Who’s is a common contraction of the words who and is (or was). That too is every bit as certain as the color of the sky and the liquidity of water.

      You do this sort of thing often, don’t you?

      1. Who gives a sh-t, mor0n.

  8. Ed Cole says:

    I believe that is what the dictionary defines as “a good start.”

  9. stone58 says:

    LOL. He was safer in prison, apparently.

    1. Betty says:

      I was just about to something along the lines of atthemurph’s comment (“Seems to me like Obama’s people wanted this dude dead.”.

      Also seems to me that someone who was about to lose all power didn’t want to take a chance by leaving a loose end. I wonder if he had anything to do with Fast and Furious?

      Maybe we should keep an eye on all the people Obama blessed in his final days.

  10. Should have shipped all these folks with commuted sentences to Palestine as a condition for the additional $220 million.

  11. Dave Sweeney says:


  12. ploome says:

    so, what is the problem?

  13. James Miller says:

    Since I don’t spend anytime time at them, my knowledge base is nil on these places.
    But don’t they have some type of security? I drive by one from time to time and always see Sheriffs Deputies around.
    Probably not the smartest idea to release him in the same area where he was a gang banger anyway.

  14. Very hopeful Trump will fulfill his pledge to be the law and order President.

    The earth must be eradicated of violence.

  15. Jim ONeill says:

    Sad that we have to rely on criminals to do the job the judicial system refuses to do.

  16. Jeremy Smith says:

    We’re winning!! And we’re not tired of it yet.

    1. One down, hundreds of thousands to go. In Cali, 3,000,000.

  17. A poor, misunderstood youth, I tell ya! (As were the shooters…….)

  18. The Public should be able to view the “Rap Sheet” on each of the individuals released back into society. Where can I find that information? Certainly Obama would want the law abiding public to have access to that information. Wouldn’t he?

  19. Common Tater says:

    Damarlin? He look more like a haddock to me. I guess the sturgeon couldn’t save him.

  20. atthemurph says:

    Seems to me like Obama’s people wanted this dude dead.

  21. His last words: “Thanks, Obama”

  22. Democrats are hateful, violent, hypocritical, and dogmatic.

  23. Jim Peel says:

    Let’s have more chlorine thrown into the shallow end of the gene pool. This is a fine start.

  24. Larz Larzen says:

    Nobody seems to get it. The boys offed this guy because they figured that, if he got a Federal pardon, that he was a snitch.

    1. Or perhaps they targeted him because he had gotten his original charges reduced by really being a snitch. We’ll never know, and he’ll never tell.

  25. David Owens says:

    Not protests, no riots — I guess this is one black life that didn’t matter.

  26. WHAT A LIE! it says “drug offense” … NO IT WASNT! he was a violent gang member who SOLD DRUGS! not some random user, not sentenced for a user, NOT SENTENCED AS A USER!!

    1. Selling drugs is, in point of fact, a drug offense. So no, it is not a lie.

  27. Some people are safer in prison. Yet another lesson learned.

  28. They need to ban assault-style niġġers.

  29. Tim Des says:

    It would seem to me that the Sunny Side Gang wasn’t so dismembered as they thought.

  30. Obama puts hardened criminals back on the street to kill or get killed, he should be prosecuted for undermining the system.

  31. He was better off in prison. Who knows about Obama after his fake birth certificate comes to light in the LEGAL way.

  32. Clegg Jensen says:

    Zerobama is truly a sick effer. We are lucky to have survived eight years of that demented bazterd without suffering a country-ending calamity. On the bright side, half of us saw through the punk fraud from the get-go.

  33. Pres. Obama is a liar and punk. He freed FLAN bomber who killed four innocents for the “revolution.” He freed a traitor who helped publish information that led to the deaths of individuals who cooperated with the U.S. Ge freed many violent drug gang members. He freed violent felon who was involved in the murder of two police officers.

    All for no reason other then he is an radical left wing POS who wants to see the nation in chaos and innocent Americans placed in danger. It would be nice if his family was placed in the same type jeopardy that he has placed many other families in. He seems to always be on the wrong side of any issue where criminals and innocent victims are concerned. He is a very evil and disgusting excuse for a human. He has no moral compass other then radical politics and anti-American hatred.

  34. Obama used to buy his cocaine from this man and had him released to the halfway house so he could be executed to prevent him talking.

  35. Stehr Va says:

    Obama’s second-term effort to try to remedy the consequences of decades of onerous sentencing requirements that Obama said had imprisoned thousands of drug offenders for too long.

    Excuse me? how can it ever be too long. WE have a huge drug problem in this country. We are constantly being bombarded with information about the coke and heroine problems everywhere we look , politicians are using it as a point on which to run BUT the ex President says they were in to long. WEll my preference would be to shoot them dead instead but that is just me. Bottom line here is his death is on Obama cause he let him loose. Hee Hee.

  36. hellandahandbasket says:

    Eh, as the saying goes “One less” …and much less expensive than probation officer’s, welfare, and then of course, his eventual reincarnation. Overall, I’d say it’s a win-win.

  37. hellandahandbasket says:


  38. Wow, whacked him: by the name and no picture, you know the recipient was a nappy headed dirteater. But cool, “held the house at gun point” while the other hosed our nappy headed down with small arms fire. Seig Hiel brother! Way to go!

  39. Heh heh. Thank you, Obama.

  40. Mark Todd says:

    wow. balls like king kong, i can’t believe they did this going into a half way house.

  41. He would have been better in prison!

  42. Look at it this way, The taxpayers don’t have to pay for his incarceration, nor welfare anymore and another thug off the streets. Win..Win!

    We ought to be thanking Obama for this one.

  43. Wow, wouldn’t it be great if we could the same person to snuff obama that 86-ed this POS ?

  44. Best news I’ve read today. Looking forward to report of Bradley Manning’s demise as soon as Its released from prison.

  45. I bet there’s way more to this. Anyway, may this help help children to see how important it is to make better choices on the paths they take in life #inthesedayzoftyme.

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