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Petition to Governor Jay Nixon to commute Patty Prewitt's Sentence

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Patty Prewitt was convicted of the 1984 murder of her husband. She has consistently maintained her innocence. For this reason, she rejected a plea bargain offer that would have resulted in her release after 6-7 years. She has already served 22 years. 15 additional years is a huge penalty to impose for insisting on her innocence and right to a trial. WE ASK Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to commute Patty Prewitt's sentence to time served. Patty's friends are absolutely convinced that she is innocent. But independent of innocence or guilt, we believe Patty Prewitt has earned and deserves commutation of her sentence. Here we list briefly some of the most cogent reasons why commuting her sentence is in the public interest. You will find more details at http://CommutePatty.blogspot.com * As noted above, Patty was offered a plea bargain that would have resulted in her being home in 6-7 years. This is a clear statement that the state's interest in deterrence and retribution would have been served if Patty had been released 15 years ago. * As a matter of general policy, the Parole Board considers the deterrent and retributive portion of a sentence to have been served after 15 years of incarceration. * Patty has had an extremely positive impact on her sister inmates as attested to by postings at http://CommutePatty.blogspot.com . Observations of Department of Corrections personnel are also posted there. * There is virtually no possibility that Patty will re-offend. * Patty will be surrounded by a loving family. In addition, she has job skills, acquired in prison, that ensure that she will make a living. She will be a productive, tax paying citizen rather than a drain on the state's resources required to keep her incarcerated. There is absolutely no societal purpose served by the continued incarceration of Patty Prewitt. We will be glad to address any questions you may have. Write to us at commutepatty@gmail.com

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