PUBLIC HEARING: Killer Seeks Commutation

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Gov. Terry Branstad is holding a public hearing Wednesday in Waterloo to gather information on an inmate hoping to have his sentence commuted.

Sixty-six-year-old Rasberry Williams is serving a life sentence for the 1974 shooting death of his neighbor over a $30 debt.

According to the Associated Press, Williams’ request for commutation is supported by prison wardens, the prosecutor who convicted him, and the judge who oversaw his trial.

The governor hopes to get information from people in the Waterloo community on how the crime impacted them, whether Williams has changed while in jail and about any safety concerns they have.

The Iowa Board of Parole voted unanimously to recommend Williams’ sentence be adjusted.

Governor Branstad is the third Iowa governor to consider Williams’ request. He has until May 4th to accept or reject the Parole Board’s recommendation.

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