Demaryius Thomas says grandmother's sentence commuted

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas adjusts the sleeve on the jersey of fellow wide receiver Bennie Fowler as they take part in drills at the team's NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was told that President Barack Obama commuted the life sentence of Thomas' grandmother on Wednesday.

Thomas was given the news after practice and he called the impending release of Minnie Pearl Thomas ''a blessing.'' Thomas' grandmother, who was serving a life sentence for a drug offense, is to be released on Dec. 1.

In all, Obama cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, on Wednesday.

Last year, Obama commuted the sentence of Thomas' mother, Katina Smith, who had been due to be released in 2017.

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