Monday, May 19, 2014

Mississippi: Two Years Later - 1 in 200.

The Republic (of Columbus Indiana) is reporting that 1 of the 200 "ex-prisoners" who received a late-term pardon from then-Gov. Haley Barbour in 2012 "has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after he killed another man in an exchange of gunfire."

Calhoun County District Attorney Ben Creekmore said Wayne Thurman Harris has been sentenced to five years in prison, followed by a 15-year suspended sentence, and five years of post-supervision release.

Harris was actually convicted of selling marijuana in 2001 and released in 2007. So, Barbour's pardon came 5 years afterward. The Republican casually notes, however, that Gov. Phil Bryant, "a Republican who succeeded the term-limited Barbour, has said he will not issue any pardons." See story here.

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