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.Copyright 2018 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.