INMATE COMMUTATION: Branstad Denies Seven Applicants

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

Three of the applicants are serving life sentences for murder, two others were convicted of robbery, and two more were convicted of kidnapping and sexual abuse.

In his 18 years in office, Governor Branstad has commuted life sentences of three inmates. Most recently he commuted the sentence of Raspberry Williams who was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1974, after fatally shooting a man after a dispute.

Branstad denial comes the same day he called on lawmakers to rethink current practices of automatic length reductions in state prison sentences.

The seven inmates denied commutation include:

  • Leonard Gregory, age 52, committed his crime on January 8, 1981, in Jackson County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.
  • Bryan Jasa, age 42, committed his crime on September 21, 1996, in Woodbury County.  He is currently serving a fifty-five year sentence for attempted murder, first-degree robbery, assault while participating in a felony, willful injury, and going armed with intent.
  • Robert Kern, age 67, committed his crime on April 14, 1979, in Cedar County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.
  • Michael Lang, age 60, committed his crime on May 9, 1988, in Woodbury County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping.
  • Fortunato Lira, Jr., age 35, committed his crime on January 14, 1997, in Scott County.   He is currently serving a sixty-five year sentence for first-degree robbery (85%), voluntary manslaughter, willful injury, felon in possession of a firearm, terrorism with intent to injure, and assault while participating in a felony.
  • Ricardo McGlothin, age 42, committed his crime on May 14, 2002, in Davis County.  He is currently serving a fifty year sentence for Murder – 2nd degree (85%).
  • Paul Quigley, age 30, committed his crime for over a year beginning in May 2000, in Muscatine County.   He is currently serving a twenty-five year sentence for sexual abuse – 2nd degree (85%).
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