TEXAS, USA. GOVERNOR COMMUTES 28 DEATH SENTENCES
June 22, 2005: Gov. Rick Perry commuted the death sentences of 28 convicted killers. Perry ordered the commutations in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in March that the Constitution forbids executing anyone for a crime committed before the age of 18.
The inmates with commuted sentences are:
Robert Aaron Acuna, Steven Brian Alvarado, Randy Arroyo, Mark Sam Arthur, Johnnie Bernal, Edward Brian Capetillo, Raymond Levi Cobb, John Curtis Dewberry, Justin Wiley Dickens, Tony Tyrone Dixon, Derek Jermaine Guillen, Jimmy Jackson, Eddie C. Johnson, Anzel Keon Jones, Leo Little, Michael Lopez, Jose Ignacio Monterrubio, Efrain Perez, Whitney Lee Reeves, Jorge Alfredo Salinas, Christopher Julian Solomon, Oswaldo Regalado Soriano, Robert Springsteen IV, Son Vu Khai Tran, Raul Omar Villarreal, Bruce Williams, Nanon McKewn Williams and Geno Capoletti Wilson.
One other capital murderer who was 17 at the time of his crime, Mauro Morris Barraza, was already given a reformed sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Convicted murderer Patrick Horn is in federal custody and Gov. Perry has not commuted his sentence at this time. (Sources: KWTX News, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Associated Press, 22/06/2005)