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Dec 12, 2019

Before Leaving Office, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Commutes the Sentences of Two Death-Row Prisoners

In his last series of acts before leav­ing office, out­go­ing Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (pic­tured) has com­mut­ed the sen­tences of two of the state’s longest serv­ing death-row pris­on­ers to life with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of parole. On Friday, December 6, 2019, Bevin com­mut­ed the death sen­tence of Gregory Wilson, whose tri­al pro­ceed­ings had been described as a trav­es­ty of jus­tice. Then on Monday, December 9 — the governor’s last day in office — he com­mut­ed Leif Halvorsens death sen­tence in response to a remark­able sto­ry of redemption.