Thursday, July 28, 2016

Montana: Recommendation for Clemency

The State's Board of Pardons and Parole voted unanimously to grant executive clemency to Russell Delano Foster who was "convicted of having sex without consent who then married the female and raised a family."   Great Falls Tribune reports:
If approved by the governor, it would be the second time House Bill 43 has been used to grant clemency. Passed in 2015, the bill gives the governor final authority over clemency requests from people convicted of crimes. The governor also would be able to waive fines, lessen a sentence or pardon someone. 
Foster was convicted in 2000, when he was 19 and his victim (and future wife) was 15. They married in 2004, and now have four children. The petition was first sent a request to the Board in 2012 and were denied. See story here.

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