Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Iowa: Commutation Recommendation

In 1974, 28-year old Rasberry Williams turned himself in after shooting and killing another man. Williams said it was done in self-defense, but a jury didn't buy it. Now, almost four decades later, the Iowa Board of Parole has unanimously recommended that Govenor Branstad commute Williams' sentence. He is now 66 years old and, by all accounts, has been a model prisoner. He even saved the lives prison guards who were taken hostage. Members of the victim's family also say they have forgiven him for the killing. The application is also supported by prison wardens, the prosecutor and sentencing judge. It reported that "during 18 years in office spread over three decades, Branstad has commuted the life terms of only two inmates, the last being in 1992." See full story here.

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