Gov. Branstad denies 18 applications for commutation

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Des Moines, IA – Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday denied the following applications for commutation:

LeRoy W. Basham, age 64, committed his crime on March 2, 1987, in Boone County. He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

James W. Bettis, age 43, committed his crime on September 6, 1988, in Page County. He is currently a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Tina M. Bowers, age 44, committed her crimes on about October 1, 1996, in Cedar County. She is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed fifty years for four counts of second-degree Sexual Abuse; twenty-five year sentences consecutively and two twenty-five year counts concurrently for a total of fifty years with a 70% mandatory.

Gerne E. Dryer, age 66, committed his crimes on December 8, 1993, in Dubuque County. He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

James Eaglefeather, age 34, committed his crimes on October 6, 1998, in Pottawattamie County. He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed twenty-five years for Robbery – 1st degree, 85%.

Brandon S. Horkheimer, age 24, committed his crime on December 30, 2009, in Dubuque County. He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed ten years for Robbery – 2nd degree, 85%.

Jennifer L. Kerby, age 32, committed her crime on September 28, 2000, in Polk County. She is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed twenty-five years for Robbery – 1st degree, 85%.

Danny Ray Long, age 39, committed his crimes on or about December 11th and 18th, 1998, in Pottawattamie County. He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed fifty years for two counts of Robbery – 1st degree, 85%.

Murl E. McMullin, age 49, committed his crime on June 4, 1986, in Linn County. He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Emanuel Myers, Jr., age 41, committed his crime on June 10, 2007, in Johnson County. He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed ten years for Robbery – 2nd degree (85%).

Robert L. Pate, age 39, committed his crimes on February 1, 2000 and October 4, 2007, in Polk County. He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed seventy-five years for second-degree Controlled Substance and Prohibited Acts – Controlled Substance (cocaine).

Derome Robertson, age 36, committed his crime on November 14, 1996, in Linn County. He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed twenty-five years for first-degree robbery.

Steven G. Sempek, age 46, committed his crimes on April 1, 1998, in Pottawattamie County. He is currently serving a 100-year sentence for six counts of Sexual Abuse in the second-degree (85%).

Kenneth Allen Todd, age 53, committed his crime on September 18, 1982, in Polk County. He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

David Tomlinson, age 40, committed his crimes on May 22, 1998, in Tama County. He is currently serving a life sentence plus fifty-five years for first-degree murder, second-degree murder (85%), and flee state to avoid prosecution.

Simon C. Tunstall, age 58, committed his crime on August 31, 1986, in Woodbury County. He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Mark A. Wilder, age 38, committed his crimes on July 11, 2002, in Black Hawk County. He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed thirty years for first-degree robbery (85%) and escape of a felon.

Arthur Lee Williams, Jr., age 65, committed his crime on May 31, 1972, in Black Hawk County. He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

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