AP posts, "Clemency recommended for Okla. death row inmate," by Tim Talley. It's via the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency Thursday for a death row inmate scheduled to be executed this month for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's mother.
The five-member board voted 4-1 to recommend that the death sentence of Brian Darrell Davis be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The recommendation now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin for approval or rejection.
Members of Davis' family wept and hugged each other when the board's decision was made.
"A weight lifted off of all of us," said his mother, Yvonne Davis. "Brian does deserve a second chance."
Family members and Davis' defense attorney, Jack Fisher, said they will urge Fallin to grant the recommendation. Davis is scheduled to be executed June 25, but Fallin has the authority to grant two 30-day reprieves in order to study the recommendation and meet with prosecution and defense attorneys, officials said.
The board recommended clemency after Davis took responsibility for the victim's death and apologized. Board member Richard Dugger cast the sole vote against clemency.
"I would like to give my apologies to the Sanford family," Davis told the board during a video teleconference from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester. "I would like to apologize for putting my family through this. I'm very apologetic for what happened."
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