Clemency granted to Jason McGehee, 1 of 8 set for execution back in April

Governor grants clemency to inmate McGehee

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Asa Hutchinson has granted clemency for one of the eight men originally scheduled to be executed back in April.

Jason McGehee's sentence has now been commuted from death to life without the possibility of parole.

Hutchinson announced the decision Friday, saying it was based "partly" on the recommendation of the Parole Board to reduce his sentence from "death to life without parole."

"In making this decision, I consider many factors including the entire trial transcript, meetings with members of the victim's family, and the recommendation of the Parole Board," Hutchinson said.

The governor also said that the decision was made because of the "disparity" between McGehee's sentence and his co-defendants.

In April 2017, U.S. District Court Judge D. Price Marshall blocked McGehee's execution because of a mandatory 30-day public comment period on his approval for clemency. Marshall said in his ruling that the state broke some rules and policies in regards to executions.

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