HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania murderer scheduled to be executed in 16 days wants Gov. Tom Corbett to spare his life.
The state Pardons Board plans a Monday hearing on the request from Terrance “Terry” Williams, whose Oct. 3 execution would be Pennsylvania’s first since 1999.
Williams wants Corbett to commute his sentence to life in prison.
The five-member pardons board, which includes Attorney General Linda Kelly, must unanimously agree on any recommendation. It would be up to Corbett whether to change Williams’ sentence or let the death penalty stand.
Williams is sentenced to die for the fatal beating of a man in 1984, when Williams was 18, but his lawyers say the victim sexually abused him for years.
A Philadelphia judge also has agreed to consider new evidence in the case.