Gregoire Issues Six Pardons On Last Day In Office

SEATTLE (AP) — A three-strikes offender who blew the whistle on a plot to murder a deputy prosecutor is among 10 people who had their convictions erased or their sentences reduced by Gov. Chris Gregoire during her final days in office.

John Ray Stewart has been serving life without release since 1998, when he was convicted of attempted robbery. In 2003 Stewart met Steven F. Sherer, who had murdered his wife. Sherer told him that he was planning to kill King County deputy prosecutor Marilyn Brenneman and to burn down the home of a key witness.

Stewart reported the threat, and police learned that Sherer had hired someone being released from prison to carry out the attack. Gregoire ordered the Department of Corrections to begin taking steps to return Stewart to society if he agrees to abide by a lengthy set of conditions and if a forensic psychologist determines him to pose a low risk to reoffend.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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