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Man set to die by firing squad makes appeal

Associated Press / June 12, 2010

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DRAPER, Utah — A man set to die by firing squad next week made his final appeal for clemency yesterday, with his lawyers saying he is a changed man and asking the state parole board to reduce his sentence to life in prison.

Ronnie Lee Gardner has taken responsibility for the crimes — including two murders — committed some 25 years ago, attorney Andrew Parnes told the five-member panel during closing arguments of a two-day commutation hearing. “He’s expressed to you the remorse that he feels,’’ Parnes said yesterday.

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole will announce its decision on Monday. A majority of the board must vote for clemency for the sentence to be changed before his June 18 execution.

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