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Greitens issues several pardons and commutations on final day in office

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

On his last day in office, outgoing Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens issued five pardons and commuted four sentences.

Those who had their sentences commuted included:

  • Rodney Lincoln was in prison for 34 years for a crime that Greitens office says he did not commit, saying the DNA evidence used to convict him was wrong.
  • Jessie McKim was convicted of murder but experts who have re-examined evidence believe he is innocent.
  • Alvis Williams was serving an 80-year sentence for stealing a Walkman, VCR and other electronics. Greitens says the sentence was too harsh.
  • Verdia Miller has been in prison for 35 years for a murder that Greitens office says she did not commit.

Pardons:

  • Judy Henderson was sentenced to life in prison for a robbery and murder. Her boyfriend, who committed the crime, also shot Henderson. Greitens says her lawyers lied to her about an offer of a plea deal/
  • Mark Whittle was named the Department of Mental Health Employee of the Year in 2009. He received probation for a DWI offense that happened in 1986.
  • Gary Thomas, a former Marine, was pardoned for a fistfight he got into in 2008.
  • Betty Coleman served 27 years in prison after authorities said she unknowingly and inadvertently played a role in a murder committed by her abusive boyfriend.
  • Stacey Lannert was convicted for killing her abuser, Greitens office said.

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