Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pennsylvania: A Commutation Revisited.

NewsWorks is featuring a great story on one 61-year old Tyrone Werts whose life sentence was commuted by former Governor Ed Rendell. Decades ago, Werts was riding in a car when 4 others decided to commit a robbery. Werts said he did not want to "participate" and stay in the car. When the others returned, he was informed that someone had been shot. It is reported that, while in prison, he "helped lead a Lifers group, mentored young people and pursued his education." But Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson Wertz "voluntarily agreed to participate" in the robbery and that he knew there were weapons involved. See complete story here.

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