Thursday, July 24, 2008

Oklahoma: Commutation of Sentence

It is reported that Gov. Brad Henry has commuted the sentence of Kevin Young to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In a statement, the Governor said
“This was a very difficult decision and one that I did not take lightly. I am always reluctant to intervene in a capital case, and I am very respectful of a jury’s verdict, the prosecutors who tried the case and the victim’s family who suffered because of the crime. However, after reviewing all of the evidence and hearing from both prosecutors and defense attorneys, I decided the Pardon and Parole Board made a proper recommendation to provide clemency and commute the death sentence.
The Pardon and Parole Board has recommended clemency four times in the past five years. See story here.

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