Georgia board spares prisoner’s life hours before execution

Georgia News

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s parole board has spared the life of a prisoner hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson.

But the State Board of Pardons and Paroles released its decision granting him clemency around 1 p.m.

The board held a closed-door clemency hearing for Meders Wednesday.

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