Monday, September 22, 2008

Maine: A Very Rare Commutation of Sentence reports Governor John Baldacci has granted clemency for the first time since he took office way back in 2003. Carol Graves shot and killed her own 71-year old father in 1997 and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Baldacci's commutation of sentence will, however, reduce that time of service by 18 months. Says the Governor: "Our understanding of battered women's syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder has advanced greatly since 1996. Ms. Graves has served a long sentence, and she has earned an opportunity to show she has turned her life around." See story here.

1 comment:

brenda f said...

I am a friend of Carol Graves and am so very happy to read that Governor Baldacci has reached this decison. I know that it was a long time in coming but it was the RIGHT decision. Carol has worked very hard on herself and will be a productive citizen with a lot to offer anyone that she comes in contact with.

Carol can now return to her family and friends and restart her life.

I am proud to be one of her friends.

Brenda F

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