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Friday, February 23, 2018

Man To Spend Life In Jail After Father Pleaded For Mercy From Execution

Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday, after the death row inmate's family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation.




Thomas Whitaker, 38, was convicted of masterminding a 2003 plot against his family in which his mother Tricia, 51, and brother Kevin, 19, were killed. His father Kent was shot in the chest but survived.


Kent Whitaker, a devout Christian and retired executive, said he had forgiven his son and that his family did not want him to be executed. The father said in a clemency petition it was his right as a victim to seek mercy and it would make his pain worse if the death penalty were implemented.


The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended clemency in a unanimous decision on Tuesday based largely on the father's request.


Abbott, a Republican, commuted the sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole, saying various factors influenced his decision, including the father's wishes and the board's recommendation.


Thomas Whitaker said: "I'm thankful for this decision, not for me but for my dad."

"Whatever punishment I might have received or will receive will be just. I deserve any punishment for my crimes but my dad did nothing wrong," he was quoted as saying by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

from reuters.

7 comments:

  1. Just the kind of love and forgiveness Jesus talked about. Go and sin no more... Alpha...

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  2. Awww God bless his dad. He sounds remorseful too.

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  3. #Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go*

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  4. Thank God!!! God bless the Governor...

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  5. Well I'm not to judge but The guy deserves the lethal injection.

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