Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New Mexico: Sentencing Reconsideration to Negate Need for Clemency?

PardonPower has reported on the case of Elton John Richard since late February. Richard plead no contest to manslaughter for shooting and killing one Daniel Romero in 2004 and was sentenced to two years in prison. Romero was allegedly caught breaking into Richard's car. By February 26, Governor Bill Richardson's office was being bombarded with e-mails calling for executive clemency (Richard is a former Marine and Iraq war veteran - see post here). Three days later, the Governor publicly called on Judge Albert "Pat" Murdoch to reconsider the sentence (see post here). Now, at last, the judge is set to hear such a motion. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the governor's office said: "Governor Richardson continues to follow this case closely and is pleased the judge has agreed to reconsider Mr. Richard's sentence." The district attorney has also declared that she does not oppose a reconsidering of the sentence. See story here.

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