Governor Nixon Gives Richard Clay Life in Prison

7 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, January 10 2011 Jan 10, 2011 Monday, January 10, 2011 3:08:38 PM CST January 10, 2011 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon granted Richard Clay clemency Monday, sentencing Clay to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Nixon released the following statement regarding his decision:

"After an exhaustive review, I am convinced of Richard Clay's involvement in the senseless murder of Randy Martindale and find that the evidence clearly supports the jury's verdict of murder in the first degree.

Having looked at this matter in its entirety and after significant thought and counsel, I have concluded, however, to exercise my constitutional authority and commute Richard Clay's sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Richard Clay's involvement in this crime is clear, and he must, and will, serve the remainder of his life behind bars for his role in this heinous act."

Attorney General Chris Koster also released a statement in reaction to Nixon's decision.

"These are difficult decisions constitutionally vested with the Governor of our state.  I am confident that Governor Nixon gave this case careful consideration and I respect his decision,? said Koster.

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