Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Oklahoma: Recommendation

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has voted to recommend clemency for Kevin Young, who was convicted for a murder committed during the May 1996 robbery of the Charles Steak House. It is reported that Young has confessed to his role in the crime and "expressed remorse." But he also says that he never intended to shoot anyone. He only fired his weapon because a restaurant patron had shot at him first (he turned himself into the hospital after the robbery under an alias with three bullet wounds). Gov. Brad Henry will now decide if Young will be executed on July 22.

Prosecutors are objecting to clemency. An appeal of the case notes:
During the second stage of the trial, the state sought the death penalty based on three aggravating factors: (1) Young had been previously convicted of a felony involving the use or threat of violence to a person; (2) There was a strong probability that Young would commit criminal acts of violence that would constitute a continuing threat to society; and (3) Young knowingly engaged in conduct that posed a great risk of death to multiple persons.
See story here.

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