Thursday, October 7, 2010
54 year-old Mark Scott McKinney was convicted of multiple counts of robbery involving use of a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 180 years in prison. A co-defendant, however, was granted a commutation of sentence by the State's nine-member Board of Pardons and made immediately eligible for parole after serving only 17 years. So, McKinney applied to Board for a commutation as well. The Board granted the commutation, but the vote was only 4-3 (or one vote short of the majority of the board). The State's Supreme Court has determined that McKinney has "used the wrong legal process" for relief from the determination that the one extra vote was needed. See story here.