Mental health work­ers urge gover­nor to spare in­mate’s life

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RICH­MOND — Dozens of mental health work­ers and child ad­vo­cates are urg­ing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare the life of a con­victed killer sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted next week.

More than 50 peo­ple sent a let­ter to McAuliffe this week ask­ing him to support Ricky Gray’s re­quest to have his sen­tence com­muted to life in prison. Gray’s ex­e­cu­tion is sched­uled for Jan. 18.

Gray’s at­tor­neys say he was raped re­peat­edly by his brother as a child and be­gan us­ing drugs to deal with the ef­fects of that abuse. Gray claims he doesn’t re­mem­ber much about slay­ing a fam­ily be­cause he was high.

The let­ter says Gray de­serves a strong pun­ish­ment but that it’s “be­yond dis­pute” that he was also a vic­tim of “hor­rific” abuse.

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