Ehrlich grants clemency to 16

December 30, 2006

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. granted clemency to 16 people yesterday and issued one medical commutation to a man diagnosed with AIDS.

Since 2003, Ehrlich has issued 231 clemency orders, according to a statement.

Yesterday's clemency went to: Ernest C. Atkinson Jr., 58, convicted of larceny in 1971 and two counts of larceny after trust in 1975; Derrick D. Dew, 41, convicted of distribution of phencyclidine and possession with intent to distribute heroin in 1986; George Diggle, 35, convicted of breaking and entering in 1989; Jose M. Fernandez Sr., 53, convicted of malicious destruction of property in 1977; and Carolyn D. Gray, 40, convicted of misdemeanor theft in 1998.

Also: Zelda R. Harris, 47, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 1991; Sandra D.E. Harrison, 51, distribution of heroin in 1975; Lisa Elizabeth B. Jeffries, 27, second-degree assault in 1999; Michael G. McCusker, 46, assault, discharging a firearm in a metropolitan area and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 1982; Gerald G. Miller, 45, two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance in 1981; and Wade R. Ryan, 35, assault and battery in 1995.

Also: Sarah B. Coakley-Saccoccio, 27, convicted of malicious destruction of property in 1997; Inna M. Shamis, 25, convicted of felony theft in 2000; Brenda L. McGlone Thatch, 57, convicted of battery in 1991; Joseph N. Myers Jr., 36, convicted of DWI and theft in 1990; and David J. Twigg, 38, convicted of felony theft in 1987.

The governor also granted a medical commutation of sentence to Arnold Saunders, convicted of first-degree burglary in 2005.

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