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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.


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

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

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

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

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


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