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Brian Lakeith Rowe
Brian Lakeith Rowe was sentenced to 30 years in 2010 for a first-time, non-violent offense, based on his role as a driver in a cocaine distribution scheme. He briefly participated in the scheme when he could not find work during the financial crisis, but exited shortly thereafter and by the time of his arrest, he was leading a happy and successful life in New York. Rowe elected to exercise his right to a trial, receiving a sentence substantially higher than eight of nine co-defendants — all more culpable than him, and all but one have been released from prison. Rowe’s prison conduct has been outstanding. He has zero disciplinary infractions and is pursuing his Associate’s Degree in Information Technology. He has a strong release plan with family in New York.