Governor says he will approve pardons for 12

Baltimore man, 66, sentenced to life in prison for murder to get clemency

November 24, 2005|By JENNIFER SKALKA | JENNIFER SKALKA,SUN REPORTER

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday that he will grant clemency tomorrow to 12 people, including a Baltimore man who was sentenced to life for murder.

Ehrlich will pardon Charles Davis, 66, who was convicted of murder in 1960, because he has been an exemplary inmate, according to a statement from the governor's office. Davis has served 44 years in prison. He has completed alcohol treatment and has had no institutional infractions for the last 24 years.

Davis was intoxicated when he and another man robbed and assaulted Frank Creamer, who was then 49 years old. Creamer fell to the ground and died after hitting his head on an iron railing, according to the governor's office.

Davis' pardon hangs on the conditions that he is evaluated by a state psychologist and other parole officials; is provided with a comprehensive re-entry plan; obtains a written offer of employment; and completes 100 hours of community service with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services or another pre-approved organization to inform youths about the dangers of alcohol addiction.

In the past, Ehrlich has denied 11 requests for commutation of life sentences and has granted five, according to Henry Fawell, a spokesman.

Ehrlich's move to free a handful of lifers such as Davis breaks with the actions of his predecessor, former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who backed a policy of "life means life." Glendening, much to the pleasure of victim's rights advocates, believed that only lifers near death should be granted release.

"The governor's policy is to foster a tough but fair criminal justice system," Fawell said. "The governor believes every case should be reviewed based on its own individual merits rather than in the context of a blanket policy."

Ehrlich is also granting clemency to:

Alexander Brown, 32, convicted of possession of a handgun in a vehicle in 1994;

Mark Brownlee, 50, convicted of distribution of cocaine in 1984;

Marshal Childers, 35, convicted of two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 1994;

Kevin Hillery, 34, convicted of felony theft in 1992;

Kim Hoffman, 51, convicted of felony theft in 1993;

Rita Jackson, 41, convicted of possession of a deadly weapon, altering pistol serial number and assault;

Mary Jenkins, 66, convicted of shoplifting in 1979, theft in 1980 and shoplifting in 1982;

Johnny Johnson, 36, convicted of possession of marijuana in 1995;

Bridgett Julien, 37, convicted of misdemeanor theft in 1988;

Carol Koro, 36, convicted of failure to exhibit proof of payment in 2000; and

Christopher Mood, 37, convicted of possessing an unregistered shotgun in 1986.

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