Yes, Jawad Musa got lucky - "like winning $10 million lottery." But he also made his own luck, never giving up despite the sentence he received in 1991 of life without parole, learning the law, & getting to point where he caught eye of influential people
When the White House announced 143 pardons and commutations in the early morning of Jan. 20, Musa didn’t know whether he had been included; he couldn’t sleep. In the morning, a guard appeared at the door of his cell. “Jawad Musa, you’re going home.”
From his cell in a federal prison in Colorado, Jawad Musa prayed five times a day that he would someday be able to see his family again. His latest attempt to get released from a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense had been rejected.
A retired federal judge took up for Baltimore man Jawad Musa, who was serving a life sentence on a drug conviction. On Wednesday, President Trump commuted his sentence. Musa's case was "honest to goodness a microcosm - a clinic in where we went wrong”
Among the pardons: Jawad Musa, of Baltimore, who was sentenced to life in 1991 following a “reverse sting” - he agreed to provide to $20k to someone else so they could buy heroin, a transaction that was really a DEA sting. No drugs were exchanged