Friday, January 25, 2008

Arkansas: Request

On Friday, the Arkansas parole board voted 3-1 in favor of clemency for a woman convicted of murder and kidnapping in 1977. Governor Mike Beebe (D) is being asked to commute Twyanna Faye Martin’s life sentence and make her eligible for parole. The request, however, is opposed by a prosecutor and a sheriff. A report notes Beebe will consider the recommendation after a "30-day public comment period."

Martin was 19 years old at the time of the offense and was convicted along with three others. Today, she declares that she has sought forgiveness from the family of the victim, but adds that she got "too much time" for a crime she did not commit. In 2000, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) announced that he intended to grant Martin clemency, saying he had the support of the victim's family. But some family members said they were not consulted. After the "public comment period," Huckabee took no action. In October 2006, the board recommended clemency, but Huckabee completed his term two months later and left office. See complete story here and here.

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