The American sentenced to death received a pardon just hours before the lethal injection. This is reported by UPI with reference to the authorities of the state of Georgia, where the criminal is held.
The sentence of Jimmy Fletcher Meders, convicted of murder, was commuted to life imprisonment. He won’t be eligible for parole.
It is noted that such a decision was made on January 15. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles ruled that Medes was originally wanted to be sentenced to life in prison, but “this option was not available at the time.” The man was convicted in 1987. Another reason Meders was granted clemency was his lack of a previous conviction. It is emphasized that he admitted responsibility for the crime. The pardon board said Medes’ act was “tragic and senseless” but it still falls into the category of particularly serious crimes.
In August, Titus Korlejian, the rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the abolition of the death penalty, said he was disappointed by the decision of the US authorities to resume executions. It was a decision to reinstate the measure at the federal level for the first time in nearly 20 years.