“The beneficiaries include one offender convicted of raping a child, another who hired a hit man to kill his business partner and a third who killed his parents.”
…One pardon that had Sanders — and many others — particularly outraged was that of Micah Schoettle. He’s a 41-year-old convicted of raping a 9-year-old child last year. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, according to the Courier-Journal.
…Not all of Bevin’s pardons were so contentious.
He also pardoned Tamishia Wilson of Henderson, Ky., convicted in 2006 of trafficking marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. She was also convicted in 2004 of theft.
…The former governor also spared the life of death row inmate Gregory Wilson, who was convicted in 1988 of murder. The Courier-Journal reports the trial was widely described as “a travesty of justice and a national embarrassment for Kentucky.”
The paper said Wilson’s defense team consisted of two lawyers, one of whom “had never tried a felony before” and a lead counsel who “had no office, no law books and on his business card, he gave out the phone number to a local tavern.”
An array of other ethical woes plagued the case.
…In 2017, Bevin, through an executive order, restored the voting rights of 284 people convicted of nonviolent felonies.
….Earlier this year Bevin signed a bill that deepened the pool of people eligible to have their low-level criminal records expunged.