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Clemency decision expected from UT parole board

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Posted: Jun 14, 2010 8:48 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Utah, inmate, execution, firing squad, parole board, clemency, Ronnie Lee Gardner

A condemned Utah inmate scheduled for execution by firing squad will soon know if a Utah parole board will grant him clemency.

Convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner will learn his fate today from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.

The last time Utah granted clemency to a condemned man was in 1962.

Last week, the five-member board heard nearly eight hours of testimony about Gardner's troubled life and history of violent crime.

Gardner was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die in 1985 for the fatal courthouse shooting of an attorney.

At his commutation hearing, Gardner told the board he is remorseful.

His execution is set for Friday.

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