O’mal­ley com­mutes two life sen­tences

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

For the first time in his ten­ure, Gov. Martin O’mal­ley com­muted two life prison sen­tences on Thurs­day, for a then14-year-old boy in­volved in a fa­tal rob­bery and a woman whose boyfriend killed a man she met in a bar.

The gov­er­nor signed ex­ec­u­tive or­ders to grant con­di­tional com­mu­ta­tions for Mark Far­ley Grant and Tamara Set­tles. Grant’s life term was com­muted to a term of life with all but 45 years sus­pended. Set­tles’ life term was com­muted to a term of life with all but 40 years sus­pended.

The com­mu­ta­tions do not im­me­di­ately re­lease them. The state’s pa­role com­mis­sion will have the dis­cre­tion to pa­role them in ad­vance of manda­tory re­lease dates with­out fur­ther ap­proval by the gov­er­nor.

The pa­role com­mis­sion and the Mary­land Depart­ment of Public Safety and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices also will cre­ate a tran­si­tion plan to help them re­turn to life out­side of prison. Grant and Set­tles also will be su­per­vised by the depart­ment af­ter their re­lease.

Mr. O’mal­ley, a Demo­crat who is in the sec­ond year of his sec­ond term, has pre­vi­ously de­nied 49 com­mu­ta­tion re­quests, four pa­role rec­om­men­da­tions and four med­i­cal pa­role rec­om­men­da­tions from in­mates serv­ing life sen­tences. He has granted two med­i­cal paroles for in­mates who were not serv­ing life sen­tences.

Grant was ac­quit­ted of first-de­gree mur­der and con­victed of felony mur­der in 1984 in a Bal­ti­more rob­bery in­volv­ing other boys. He was 14 at the time of shoot­ing.

Set­tles, who is now 53, has served 27 years in prison. She was con­victed of felony mur­der in the 1984 slay­ing of Charles Fowler in Hy­attsville.

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