Monday, March 1, 2021

Oklahoma man who receives early release from prison kills three

An Oklahoma man who was released early from prison broke into a woman’s home this month, cut out her heart, cooked it and tried to feed it to his relatives — and then killed two of them, reported the New York Times.

The man, Lawrence Paul Anderson, who has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killings, had been sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2017 for a probation violation in a drug case, but public records show that he was granted clemency last year by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board as part of a mass commutation program.

His sentence was reduced to nine years, but he was required to serve only three years and was released in January.

Now, prosecutors are questioning how Mr. Anderson, 42, who had been incarcerated several times before, became eligible for a sentence commutation, which requires the governor’s approval. The district attorney in charge of the case said during a news conference on Tuesday that he could seek the death penalty for Mr. Anderson.

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