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Arkansas governor to grant clemency to inmate

Jason McGehee (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Correction) Jason McGehee (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Correction)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor says he intends to spare the life of a death row inmate the state had planned to execute in April.
    
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday said he planned to grant clemency to Jason McGehee, commuting his sentence from death to life without parole.
    
McGehee had been sentenced to death in the 1996 beating death of 15-year-old Johnny Melbourne Jr.
    
McGehee was among eight death row inmates Arkansas intended to execute in April, but had been spared after a federal judge put his execution on hold. The Arkansas Parole Board had recommended that Hutchinson grant McGehee clemency.
    
The judge said McGehee was entitled to a 30-day comment period before Hutchinson made his decision.
    
Arkansas put four inmates to death in April. Hutchinson earlier Friday set another execution for November.

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