Sunday, November 2, 2008

Indiana: Request

The Journal Gazette reports that 48-year old Terry L. Lowery is asking the Indiana Parole Board to recommend clemency on his behalf. Lowery, who is serving a 60-year sentence, was convicted of beating a 13-year old young girl to death in the mid-1980s. But the Gazette reports the Board has a "scant history of granting such requests," and, given the nature of the crime, "it’s unlikely his request will proceed any further than his constitutional right to a hearing." It is also reported that, in 2007, the board heard 114 clemency requests and none were granted. Gov. Mitch Daniels has granted only one request in four years, and that involved a non-violent offender. Complicating the matter, is Lowry's insistence that he was at the scene of the crime, but is completely innocent. See story here.

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