Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended clemency for Annie Varnell Ross , a 74-year-old woman sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder back in 1983. In her latest clemency application, Ross wrote that she killed an "abusive man" while defending herself from him (a position that she also held at trial). She also emphasizes that she suffers from diabetes and has a crippled hand. The board says Ross "has paid her debt and she promises to be no threat to society." However, prosecutor Robin Carroll opposes the request because he makes it a "practice" to "oppose all such requests when a jury's decided it should be a life sentence." The Ouachita County Sheriff's Department offered no comment to the parole board. See story here.