Monday, January 18, 2016

Oklahoma: 2 Commutations

Jennifer Palmer of The Oklahoman reports Governor Fallin "has approved shortening the prison sentences of two state inmates — the first commutations since 2012." The commutations were recommended by the State's Pardon and Parole Board.

One goes to 53 year old drug offender Donnie Daniel, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Daniel has served 18 years now and is terminally ill. The sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole.

The second recipient is 60 year old William Wood Jr., another drug offender whose 117-year-sentence "will be shortened to time served." Wood has been in prison for 10 years and still "has to serve an 81-year sentence for possession of a controlled dangerous substance plus one year for drug paraphernalia." See story here.

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