A San Antonio drug dealer who was given a second chance by former President Barack Obama is back behind bars.
According to the New York Post, 68-year-old Robert Martinez Gill was imprisoned in 1990 on charges of cocaine and heroin distribution. The man was originally sentenced to life; however, in 2015, Obama allowed Gill, and other non-violent federal inmates, to be released.
Gill was arrested last Thursday, when he reportedly purchased two pounds of cocaine following a meeting with his probation officer. The Post reports Gill drove to a food market parking lot, where an individual had placed a black backpack inside his vehicle. According to the affidavit, when a sheriff deputy in an unmarked car attempted to stop him, Gill sped off and led the deputy on a high-speed chase.
Officers were able to disable Gill’s vehicle after it collided with another. They then discovered the backpack contained cocaine, which Gill intended to sell. “[He] related he was going to sell the cocaine to make money and would be paying a female $26,000 for the cocaine,” the affidavit read.
According to the Post, Gill was charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and was held without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.
“I’m so disappointed to hear that he got arrested again,” Ronald Schmidt, a lawyer who helped Gill appeal his life sentence in the courts, told the San Antonio Express. “I know the mandatory minimums were really stacked against Bobby. We all have free will, and apparently, he made a bad decision again and he’s going to have to suffer the consequences again. That’s unfortunate.”