Friday, February 29, 2008
The judge who sentenced a decorated Marine and Iraq veteran to two years in prison and four years of probation says he will not reconsider the sentence, despite a recent request by Governor Bill Richardson (D) that he do so. Elton John Richard pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in January after initially being charged with murder. He fatally shot a would-be burglar after chasing him several blocks. District Judge Albert "Pat" Murdoch says that he expects Richard’s attorney to apply for executive clemency sometime next week. A spokesman for Richardson says the Governor is "prepared to consider executive clemency for Elton John Richard. However, he has not received [a] formal request from the family or Richard’s attorney.” Sen. Pete Domenici (R) has also called for a full pardon saying, "I do not condone all of his actions, but I've come to believe that sending him to prison would be unjust." Details here and here.
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