Governor Suspends Janet Danahey's Request for Clemency

9:36 AM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC - Janet Danahey's request for clemency has been suspended. 

Ten years ago, Danahey pleaded guilty to the murder of four people after setting an apartment building on fire. She is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the deaths of Beth Harris, Ryan Bek, and sisters Donna and Rachel Llewellyn. 

Last summer, Danahey's attorney submitted a petition for clemency to Governor Bev Perdue but she left office in January without addressing the request.

News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke with Danahey's attorney Locke Clifford who said Governor Pat McCrory suspended all the clemency requests when he entered office. Danahey's was one of them.

The Governor's office says that isn't true. A spokeswoman said Wade Smith, Danahey's other attorney, send a letter in February to the clemency office requesting the petition be suspended.


According to the Governor's Clemency Administrator, the suspension "means that this request is no longer an active case for clemency consideration by the Governor. It also means that the request can be reopened at any time." 

Clifford says they plan to request that  Danahey's petition to be reopened.  Clifford says he does not know when.

WFMY News 2

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