DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad has denied 10 applications from Iowa inmates seeking commutation.
Branstad announced the decision Wednesday. Six of the applicants are serving life sentences for murder. The others were convicted of robbery and kidnapping. They range in age from 40 to 71.
A spokesman for Branstad said he has not yet made a decision on the application for commutation from 66-year-old Rasberry Williams.
Williams is serving a life sentence for the 1974 fatal shooting of a neighbor. His bid to have his sentence commuted to a set number of years so he can become eligible for parole has won the backing of prison wardens, the prosecutor who convicted him and the judge who oversaw his trial. — AP
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