Demaryius Thomas’ grandmother transferred to residential re-entry facility

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Minnie Pearl Thomas

ATLANTA — The grandmother of Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas moved a step closer to being released from prison when she was transferred to a residential re-entry facility, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Minnie Pearl Thomas, 60, was serving a life sentence at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Fla., for cocaine trafficking.

She was transferred to the facility in Atlanta. She is scheduled to be released Dec. 1 after spending the past 16 years in prison.

In August, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 inmates, including Minnie Thomas.

Last year, Obama freed Thomas’ mother from a federal prison where she was doing 20 years on a drug distribution conviction.

Katrina Stuckey Smith, who was arrested with her mother, left prison in November after serving 15 years in prison. She first saw her son play in the NFL last season when the Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.

Thomas’ grandmother and mother were arrested together on drug charges when the NFL star was only 11 years old, according to the Broncos.

During the Super Bowl 50 celebration at the White House in June, Thomas passed the president a note thanking him for his mother’s release and spoke to him about his grandmother too.