Well... this is certainly odd. All of the murderers worked at the Governor’s Mansion thus they get a pardon because they were “good workers”. I guess the people they murdered weren’t “good workers?”
3 are murderers. The 4th is ‘merely’ a repeat burglar according to the article.
2 of the killers murdered their wives. The 3rd murdered a man during a robbery.
1 of the wife killers shot her while she was holding their baby and also shot her friend in the head (he lived). He then left the kid there lying on top of it’s dead mother. He was just denied parole.
The other wife killer shot her in the back in public after an argument (he left and came back with a gun).
The crimes happened in the early 90’s. Just 20 years for 2 first degree murders.
It’s on Haley if any of these “diligent workman” hurt anyone else.
Sad thing to see a losing governor throw such a reckless temper tantrum.
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Remember your man Barbour and how great you said he was?
Haley obviously is not going to run for any kind of political job again.
A mistake of inconceivable proportions.
The condition is known as “Huckabitis.”
It sounds like the people (probably Democrats) who assign convicts to work in the Governor's Mansion were trying to plant a time bomb for Barbour who was contemplating a run for the presidency. Either release murderers or break a decades-long tradition.
If he felt as though they’d done enough time, why not commute their sentences? I don’t understand the pardons
I would have thought he’d be too busy stumping for Romney to have time to pardon anyone. /s
Let me guess -— did he also endorse Milt?
If you think this is bad, I all ready feel sick thinking of what Obama will do on his last days in office.
I think the governor thought he was being gracious to his “nice” workers. I’m sure he never consulted the victims’ loved ones, nor even met them.
Reminds me of earlier cases of the Catholic bishops who were initially “nice” to the sex abuse perpetrators, sending them to therapy and maybe to a monastery or to Rome for some classes. They had no perspective on how unjust this would be to the victims, because they had no personal acquaintance with the victims. They thought they were being merciful, open-minded, to troubled employees/brethren.
Abuse of power comes in different flavors. I’m sure the Governor thought he had the best motives. That doesn’t make it any less of a travesty.
I used to know the wife of a parole attorney. Many times his clients were denied parole, despite exemplary turn-arounds in their lives and behavior. The board would say that the person simply hadn’t served enough time. Despite the real and undeniable change of heart, and low likelihood of re-offense, justice was served by making the prisoner do his time.
Shades of former Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton.
Unfortunately Governor Barbour, there won't be any take backs for future victims of those killers you just released.
Charles Hooker, sentenced to life in 1992 in Coahoma County for the murder of Walter Johnson, the principal at a Clarksdale high school where Hooker was a teacher.
Tammy ellis gatlin filed for divorce. David Gatlin rented a car in Georgia, traveled to Mississippi, and spent the night in a motel in the Jackson area. He bought fireworks and stalked Tammy and followed Randy walker to his home. Randy was a family friend. Gatlin then went to the home of Randy Walker asked to use a phone. Randy Walker said he didn’t have a phone. David gatlin said he would give him the fireworks for some change to use a pay phone. He pulled out the gun and Randy thought he was being robbed. Randy didn’t know it was Tammy’s husband. David said he wanted to go in the back of the home. Randy said no he didn’t. Tammy was back room with the baby. David Gatlin shot Tammy while she was holding the baby and he shot Randy in the head, but Randy lived.
Joseph Ozment was sentenced to life in 1994 for the slaying of store clerk Ricky Montgomery. The robbery happened with several other men.
One of the robbers shot Ricky Montgomery three times. He was crawling toward Joseph Ozment for help. He didn’t know Joseph Ozment was involved. Joseph Ozment put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger twice.
Anthony McCray, sentenced to life in 2001 in Pike County for the murder of his wife, Jennifer McCray, whom he shot in the back.
Barbour’s first pardon, in 2008, was of Paul Joseph Warnock, who was convicted in 1993 in Warren County for killing Carol Ann Hall, his 18-year-old girlfriend, while she slept in his bed at his parents’ house.
In 2008, Barbour pardoned Bobby Hays Clark, convicted in 1996 in Panola County of manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Clark shot his ex-girlfriend in the neck and beat her new boyfriend with a broom handle, according to the Sun Herald.
Clarence Jones, convicted in 1992 in Warren County of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Carla M. Smith, whom he stabbed 22 times
Michael Graham was serving life for stalking and killing his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky. In 1989, he pulled up next to her car while she was stopped at an intersection in downtown Pascagoula and shot her in the head. Barbour suspended his sentence in 2008.