Lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Mike Parson asking for Kevin Strickland’s amnesty.
Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson Addressing a petition for amnesty to release a man who has been imprisoned for more than 40 years, which the prosecutor is currently maintaining, was not merely a “priority”, he said on Monday.
“When that happens, we’ll consider those cases, but I’m not sure if it will necessarily prioritize jumping in front of the line,” Parson said in a press conference. Stated. “I understand that there are cases that get more attention than others through the media, but I’ll just look at that.”
He also added it Kevin StricklandNow 62, he was tried and convicted “by a fellow jury”, but “there was more information.”
The Governor’s Office currently has a backlog of about 3,000 amnesty requests. The Kansas City Star. Legislators on both sides of the aisle sent a letter to Person asking for Strickland’s amnesty, and Jackson County Prosecutor said. Jean Peters Baker I asked for his release.
Currently, there is a bill approved by the Missouri State Parliament, awaiting the signature of the person. This gives local prosecutors more power in their allegations of innocence and allows them to be brought to court of first instance, which allows innocent prisoners to be released without waiting for the governor.
Peters Baker said that if Person signs the bill, he will file a motion on the first day that Strickland’s release is legally permitted.
Strickland was convicted of the triple murder in Kansas City in April 1978. However, the two men who pleaded guilty to the crime vowed that Strickland was not with them. Only two witnesses to the case withdrew and advocated his release.
Convicted by a white jury, a white judge, and a white prosecutor, Strickland sought a full amnesty from the person rather than a commutation.
“Through a complete amnesty, you have the power not only to correct my unlawful conviction, but also to ensure that my innocence is ultimately recognized,” Strickland wrote.
He added that anything less than that would “leave an unjust and unjustified stain on my criminal history.”
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