Angola prison magazine's inmate editor to be freed
ANGOLA - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered to free from prison the inmate editor of a magazine produced at the State Penitentiary at Angola.
Media outlets report 60-year-old Kerry Myers was convicted of murder in 1990 for the fatal beating of his wife inside their Harvey home. Myers received a mandatory life sentence. However, the Louisiana Board of Pardons has recommended twice that his punishment be commuted.
The governor endorsed the board's recommendation on Tuesday.
Edwards spokeswoman Shauna Sanford says the decision was based on Myers' conduct and the fact that the victim's family testified in support of Myers at the board hearing.
Myers will be on parole until 2020.
While incarcerated, Myers was the editor of the inmate-produced magazine, The Angolite. His work earned him a "Prevention for a Safer Society" award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.