Gov. Perry Issues Commutations in Accordance With U.S. Supreme Court Order
Life in Prison Ordered for Inmates Who Were 17 at Time Their Murders Were Committed
Following an order from the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. Rick Perry today issued 28 commutations that will require death row inmates who were 17 at the time they committed their crimes to serve life in prison. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended the commutations after the court banned the execution of criminals that were younger than 18 when they committed their offense.
"While these individuals were convicted by juries of brutal murders and sentenced to die for their heinous crimes, I have no choice but to commute these sentences to life in prison as a result of the Supreme Court ruling," Perry said.
"Last week I signed Senate Bill 60, which will give future juries the option of sentencing capital murderers to life without the possibility of parole. This new law will improve our criminal justice system because it gives jurors a new option to protect the public with the certainty a convicted killer will never roam our streets again."
The inmates with commuted sentences are:
Robert Aaron Acuna, Steven Brian Alvarado, Randy Arroyo, Mark Sam Arthur, Johnnie Bernal, Edward Brian Capetillo, Raymond Levi Cobb, John Curtis Dewberry, Justin Wiley Dickens, Tony Tyrone Dixon, Derek Jermaine Guillen, Jimmy Jackson, Eddie C. Johnson, Anzel Keon Jones, Leo Little, Michael Lopez, Jose Ignacio Monterrubio, Efrain Perez, Whitney Lee Reeves, Jorge Alfredo Salinas, Christopher Julian Solomon, Oswaldo Regalado Soriano, Robert Springsteen IV, Son Vu Khai Tran, Raul Omar Villarreal, Bruce Williams, Nanon McKewn Williams and Geno Capoletti Wilson.
One other capital murderer who was 17 at the time of his crime, Mauro Morris Barraza, was already given a reformed sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Convicted murderer Patrick Horn is in federal custody and Gov. Perry has not commuted his sentence at this time.