Mike Pence’s candidacy could prevent Illinois man’s pardon
CHICAGO (AP) _ Mike Pence’s spot on Donald Trump’s presidential ticket may jeopardize a wrongfully convicted man’s pardon request in Indiana.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Indiana Parole Board more than two years ago recommended Pence pardon now 49-year-old Keith Cooper for an armed robbery 20 years ago. The Republican governor hasn’t acted in the case.
Legal experts say Cooper’s pardon would be the first from an Indiana governor based on innocence if he’s successful.
Cooper was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a 1996 robbery in Elkhart that left a teen with a gunshot wound in the stomach. He was released from prison after the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned his co-defendant’s conviction in 2005.
Pence accepted the Republican nomination for Vice President at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Information from: Chicago Tribune