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Former Deadhead With Drug-Related Life Sentence Granted Clemency

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Grateful Dead photographed circa 1960.  

Timothy Tyler received a life sentence for selling LSD while following the Grateful Dead on tour.

President Obama granted clemency to more inmates Wednesday (Aug. 31), and among the group is an individual with ties to the Grateful Dead community. The 100-plus inmates impacted have been imprisoned on drug-related charges and will be given shorter sentences.

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"They are individuals who received unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws for committing largely nonviolent drug crimes, for example, the 35 individuals whose life sentences were commuted today," writes Neil Eggleston, White House Counsel to the President.

Tim Tyler, one of the 35 people who had planned to spend their life in federal custody, is receiving more attention that most because of his ties to Deadheads. Tyler, 45, was given a life sentence when he was 25 years old after being busted selling LSD to a police informant while following the Dead on tour. It was his third drug-related charge; his previous involved illegal possession and selling drugs.

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According to The Clemency Report, which offers a list of the top 25 clemency-worthy prisoners in the United States, Tyler has been listed at the top for years. He will now be released in August 2018.

While his release is guaranteed, what’s less certain is how Tyler will fell about the addition of John Mayer to the Dead’s current lineup.