Saturday, January 10, 2009
The News-Record reports Gov. Mike Easley commuted three sentences on his last day in office. One of the recipients, Vernishia Nicole Kilpatrick, was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 after the stabbing murder of her boyfriend. The sentence was reduced so that the North Carolina Parole Commission can consider Kilpatrick's release. It is reported that Easley granted a mere five pardons in eight years. In each case, DNA evidence had exonerated the convicted. See story here.
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