Greitens announces clemency and pardons, gives letter of resignation

Greitens announces clemency and pardons, gives letter of resignation

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Governor Eric Greitens commuted sentences and issued pardons for several Missourians in his last day in office.

Here is his official letter of resignation:

The Governor released the following statement:

"The ability to make wrong things right, for Missourians who have not gotten fair treatment from our criminal justice system, is one of the most solemn and precious abilities of a Governor. I believe in justice, and I believe that with these actions today—justice will be done.

He issued five pardons and commuted four sentences.

The Governor released the following statement:

"The ability to make wrong things right, for Missourians who have not gotten fair treatment from our criminal justice system, is one of the most solemn and precious abilities of a Governor. I believe in justice, and I believe that with these actions today—justice will be done.

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  • Rodney Lincoln – sentence commuted to time served.

Rodney Lincoln was wrongly convicted of capital murder and has served 34 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. DNA evidence and one eyewitness were used to convict him. Now, we know the DNA evidence was wrong and the eyewitness—the daughter of the victim—says he is innocent and wants him to be free.

  • Jessie McKim—sentence commuted to time served.

Jessie McKim was wrongfully convicted of murder two decades ago. Cause of death evidence has been re-examined, and experts believe it is clear that he is innocent.

  • Alvis Williams—sentence commuted to time served.

Alvis Williams' sentence is grossly harsh. He is currently serving an 80 year sentence for stealing a Walkman, VCR, and other electronics--a crime which, under today's laws, could not result in a sentence of more than ten years.

  • Verdia Miller—sentence commuted to time served.

Verdia Miller has served 35 years for a murder that she did not commit or participate in. She is now 75 years old, and had 15 years remaining on her sentence.

  • Stacey Lannert—pardoned.

Stacey Lannert was the victim of constant rape and abuse. When she finally killed her abuser, she was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Since then, her sentence has been commuted and now, as a public servant and advocate for justice, the charge will be removed from her record altogether.

  • Judy Henderson—pardoned.

Judy Henderson's sentence was commuted by Governor Greitens in December 2017. Henderson was sentenced to life in prison for her role in a robbery-turned-murder. Her boyfriend—the man who committed the robbery, killed someone, and shot Henderson herself in the process--went free. She could have been out of prison decades ago if her lawyers had not lied to her about the offer of a plea deal.

  • Mark Whittle—pardoned:

Mark Whittle has been an exemplary public servant, even receiving the honor of Department of Mental Health Employee of the Year in 2009. He has a clean record, since he successfully completed probation for a DWI offense in 1996.

Gary Thomas—pardoned.

Gary Thomas is a former Marine whose only brush with the law is a fistfight in 2008. His record since then has been flawless.

  • Betty Coleman—pardoned.

Betty Coleman's sentence was commuted by Governor Holden in 2004. She served 27 years in prison because her abusive boyfriend murdered someone, and she unknowingly and inadvertently played a role in the incident.

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