Pope And Death Penalty Commutation

Brett Blume of member station KWMU in St. Loius reports that a personal appeal from the Pope has led to the commutation of a death sentence in Missouri. Darrell Mease had been scheduled to be executed yesterday for the murders of a drug partner, as well as the man's wife and grandson. It was postoned until February so that it would not occur while the Pope was visiting. Now, the state's governor has commuted Mease's sentence to life in prison without parole.



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