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Sentences commuted for 2 inmates since 2012

Jan 17, 2016 | by Lynn Powell

OKLAHOMA CITY — The governor has approved shortening the prison sentences of two state inmates — the first commutations since 2012. Gov. Mary Fallin last week signed off on recommendations made by the state Pardon and Parole Board for two drug offenders serving lengthy sentences: Donnie Daniel, whose life without parole sentence will be commuted to life with the possibility of parole, and William Wood Jr., whose 117-year-sentence will be shortened to time served. Daniel, 53, was sentenced under the state’s three-strikes law that, until 2015, mandated a life without parole sentence for drug trafficking after two drug convictions. In his application for clemency, Daniel told the parole board he is terminally ill and would like some time with his grandchildren before he dies. Daniel was convicted in 1997 and has been in prison 18 years. Wood, 60, is an Army veteran and former preacher imprisoned since 2005 for methamphetamine. He has been in prison for 10 years. Wood still has to serve an 81-year sentence for possession of a controlled dangerous substance plus one year for drug paraphernalia.

By JENNIFER PALMER The Oklahoman | Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2016 12:00 am

OKLAHOMA CITY — The governor has approved shortening the prison sentences of two state inmates — the first commutations since 2012.

Gov. Mary Fallin last week signed off on recommendations made by the state Pardon and Parole Board for two drug offenders serving lengthy sentences: Donnie Daniel, whose life without parole sentence will be commuted to life with the possibility of parole, and William Wood Jr., whose 117-year-sentence will be shortened to time served.

Daniel, 53, was sentenced under the state’s three-strikes law that, until 2015, mandated a life without parole sentence for drug trafficking after two drug convictions. In his application for clemency, Daniel told the parole board he is terminally ill and would like some time with his grandchildren before he dies. Daniel was convicted in 1997 and has been in prison 18 years.

Wood, 60, is an Army veteran and former preacher imprisoned since 2005 for methamphetamine. He has been in prison for 10 years. Wood still has to serve an 81-year sentence for possession of a controlled dangerous substance plus one year for drug paraphernalia.

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