Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Illinois: Commutation Revisited

From the Associated Press: "A St. Clair County judge has ordered a former death-row inmate to spend life in prison without parole for the 1994 killing of a Belleville convenience store clerk. Circuit Judge John Baricevic resentenced 32-year-old Bobby Williams on Wednesday for the slaying of Sharon Bushong. Williams was convicted of first-degree murder in 1996 and was given the death sentence. That was later overturned by a higher court, and the case was sent back to St. Clair County after former Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentence of inmates on Illinois' death row. The 32-year-old maintains his innocence and his lawyers say they will appeal Wednesday's ruling."

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