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Gov. Branstad Commutes Sentence of Rasberry Williams

DES MOINES, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Governor Branstad Friday granted Rasberry Williams' commutation request.  The 67-year-old Williams murdered Lester Givhan in front of George's Pool Hall in Waterloo on July 20th, 1974.
But a recent review of Williams' time in prison labeled his conduct as "extraordinary."  The Governor's report states that Williams has made the most of his life and has had a positive impact on the lives of both inmates and the staff that works for the Department of Corrections.
In February, the Iowa Parole Board unanimously recommended the Governor commute Williams' sentence.
"I expect that it will take some time for Mr. Williams to work through the re-entry process." Said Iowa Board of Parole Chairman Jason Carlstrom.  "I expect for Mr. Williams to positively contribute to society..."
Today's order from Governor Branstad means Williams is now eligible for work-release or parole.  That decision is now up to the Board of Parole to decide.
 
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