INMATE COMMUTATION: Ten Denied, One Hopeful

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Governor Branstad has denied ten applications from Iowa inmates seeking commutation.

Six of the applicants are serving life sentences for murder. The others were convicted of robbery and kidnapping.

A spokesman for Branstad says 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, Lester Givhan, outside a pool hall. His bid to have his sentence commuted 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.

In 18 years of office so far, Governor Branstad has commuted life sentences of two inmates.

The ten inmates denied commutation are:

Darrell Bizzett, age 64, committed his crime on September 1, 1970, in Woodbury County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for Murder – 1st degree.

Rodney Borushaski, age 40, committed his crimes on August 12, 1996, in Polk County.  He is currently serving two life sentences for Murder – 1st degree.

Raymond T. Freie, Jr., age 71, committed his crime on August 28, 1981, in Hancock County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for Murder – 1st degree.

Mark Greiman, age 51, committed his crime on July 27, 1998, in Cerro Gordo County.  He is currently serving a twenty-give year sentence for Robbery – 1st degree (85%).

Kevin Johnson, age 58, committed his crime on June 29, 1980, in Pottawattamie County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for Murder – 1st degree.

Ed Shaker Nassif, age 43, committed his crime on September 1, 1990, in Linn County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for Murder – 1st degree.

Dee Jay Radeke, age 49, committed his crime on May 31, 1991, in Linn County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for Kidnapping – 1st degree.

Robert C. Richey, age 68, committed his crime on May 8, 1996, in Bremer County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for Murder – 1st degree.

Arthur Rogers, age 40, committed his crimes January 27, 2000, in Scott County.  He is currently serving two twenty year sentences for Robbery – 2nd degree (85%).

Richard T. Steltzer, age 69, committed his crime on February 6, 1979, in Warren County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for Kidnapping – 1st degree.