ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has officially commuted the death sentences of four inmates who had been sentenced to die before Maryland banned capital punishment in 2013.
O’Malley officially signed executive orders commuting their sentences on Tuesday, one day before he leaves office.READ MORE: Harford County’s Top Health Official Says He Was Fired For Political Reasons, Advocacy Of Masks In Schools And Vaccines
The Democratic governor signed the commutations for Vernon Evans, Anthony Grandison, Jody Lee Miles and Heath Burch.READ MORE: Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Empowers Aspiring Pilots With Aviation Program
In each of the four orders, O’Malley wrote that in granting the commutation he intends each inmate to “serve the remainder of his natural life in prison.”
Robert Biddle, an attorney for Miles, is asking a judge not to change his client’s sentence to life without parole in response to O’Malley’s order. Biddle contends his client deserves a chance to argue for a life sentence with the possibility of parole.MORE NEWS: Amid Tough Stretch, Michael Locksley Looks Back At 2001 Terps
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