Slugger Hopes for Shortened Prison Term

Retroactive cuts in crack sentences may aid Willie Mays Aikens
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 26, 2007 4:30 PM CST
Commissioner Dabney Friedrich, speaks during the U.S. Sentencing Commission meeting where commission members voted unanimously to allow some 19,500 federal prison inmates, most of them black, to seek...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Now that the US Sentencing Commission has agreed to retroactively reduce prison terms for crack cocaine offenses, one of baseball's record-holders stands to benefit. Willie Mays Aikens, the only player to hit multiple homers in multiple games in the same World Series (playing for Kansas City in 1980), may have his 15-plus-year sentence commuted.

He has already served 13 years. Aikens was caught with 64 grams of crack; drawing the same sentence for possession of powder cocaine would take more than 6½ kilos. "You can supply a whole neighborhood with 6½ kilos," Aikens told the Washington Post by phone from prison. He was caught by an undercover policewoman, whom he first tried to sell powder cocaine; she insisted that he convert it to crack, which he did.