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Jason Payne has served 95 months of a 140-month sentence he received for his low-level, non-violent and unarmed role in a drug distribution scheme. His long sentence was driven by the government’s threat to file a notice relating to two prior minor drug convictions that would have subjected him to a mandatory minimum sentence of life. Mr. Payne had no choice but to accept this lengthy sentence and the judge imposed it without any departure, knowing that it saved Mr. Payne from a life sentence. Mr. Payne has a pristine disciplinary record and was released under the CARES Act at the beginning of this year. He works as a semi-truck driver and is devoting all his spare time to reconnecting with his children, family members and friends.