Showing posts with label Idaho. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Idaho. Show all posts

Monday, May 6, 2013

Idaho: Making (Idaho) History!

KIVI 6 (ABC) is reporting that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has "issued pardons to two men who were convicted of trafficking illegal drugs, served time in prison, and are now turning their lives around on the outside." The recipients are said to be 57 year old Robert Thornton and 37 year old Eric Hinckley and it is the first time Otter has used the clemency power. It is also represents the first since 2000 (when Dirk Kempthorne was Governor). The pardons were granted "on the recommendation of the Idaho Commission for Pardons and Parole" and Otter says:
“This is the way it’s supposed to work. We send people to prison to protect the public, for punishment and as a deterrent. But we also send them to prison to be rehabilitated and -- we hope -- to be redeemed as citizens, neighbors, fathers, husbands, and taxpayers. Too often, it doesn’t work out that way. But for Robert Thornton and Eric Hinckley, it did. I’m proud of them. I’m confident they’ll stay on track, and I hope they’ll serve as examples to others of how to successfully emerge from our criminal justice system.”
See full story here.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Idaho: Support for Vela

January 6, 2009
President George W. Bush
The White House, West Wing
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20502

Ref: Sgt. Evan Vela, Prisoner Reg No. 84486

Dear President Bush:

I write this letter in support of the commutation request of Sergeant Evan Vela, a constituent of mine from the state of Idaho assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He is currently confined at the Army Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Idaho: The Case of Evan Vela

The Army Times reports that the White House has confirmed "President Bush is considering a request that an eastern Idaho soldier convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi receive a pardon." More specifically, a letter from the White House says “views" on the matter would be "seriously considered.” Sgt. Evan Vela, an Army sniper, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian who stumbled upon him and five other soldiers who were sleeping, for planting an AK-47 rifle on the dead man’s body and for lying to military investigators. His father recently send 235 letters of support to the White House, including letters from Senator Mike Crapo (R) and Representative Mike Simpson (R). See complete story here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Idaho: Solider Seeks Pardon

Sgt. Evan Vela, a U.S. Army sniper, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in February for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian who came upon him and five other soldiers as they were sleeping in May of 2007. During the trial, Vela and others with his unit testified they were "confused and exhausted" after more than two days of trekking in high temperatures. Vela also testified that he couldn't remember shooting Genei Nasir al-Janabi. But Vela was also convicted of planting an AK-47 on the dead man's body and of lying to military investigators. His father says, "We have gathered many letters asking President Bush to grant Evan a presidential pardon before he leaves office." A web site supporting the pardon can be found here. See full story here.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Idaho: Request

Senator Mike Crapo (R) and Representative Mike Simpson (R) are requesting clemency for Sergeant Evan Vela who was convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian and planting evidence. Vela has maintained that he was following orders throughout the incident, which occurred in May 2007. Senator Simpson also has "strong concerns" regarding reports of Vela's "physical and mental conditions at the time." In Simpson's view, "There are a number of mitigating factors and extenuating circumstances in this case that make a compelling argument for clemency." See story here. Additional background on the case can be found here.

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