PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor is commuting life sentences of three inmates, bringing his total to eight, more than any of the state’s governors over the past quarter-century.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf acted last week in the case of a man sentenced in 1988 for standing by during a stabbing and agreeing to hide the knife, a man who shot to death a neighbor in 1976 and a man who served as a lookout during a 1968 bank robbery in which a customer was killed.
The three are ages 52, 68 and 79.
Pennsylvania has nearly 5,500 people doing life without parole.
Commutations require unanimous Board of Pardons approval before being considered by the governor.
The three must spend at least a year in halfway houses before being released.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com