The Ottumwa Courier

June 11, 2013

Branstad denies 7 for commutation


Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad announced Monday that he has denied applications from seven Iowa inmates seeking reduction of their sentences.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said the governor made the decision after a review that included considering the inmates’ rehabilitation, the impact on victims and the safety of Iowans. The inmates — who range in age from 30 to 67 — are serving sentences for murder, robbery and other crimes.

Branstad, who has been governor for 18 years including his time in the office in the 1980s and 1990s, has commuted prison sentences just three times.

One of the rejected applications came from 67-year-old Robert Kern, who is serving a life sentence for a 1979 murder. Kern and his ex-wife were convicted of plotting with another woman to kill her husband.

According to the governor’s office, the other rejected applicants were:

— Ricardo McGlothin, 42, who is serving a 50-year sentence for a murder committed in Davis County in 2002.

— Leonard Gregory, 52, who is serving a life sentence for a murder committed in Jackson County in 1981.

— Bryan Jasa, 42, who is serving a 55-year sentence for attempted murder, first-degree robbery and other charges for a crime committed in Woodbury County in 1996.

— Michael Lang, 60, who is serving a life sentence for a first-degree kidnapping committed in Woodbury County in 1988.

— Fortunato Lira, Jr., 35, serving a 65-year sentence for first-degree robbery, voluntary manslaughter and related charges for a crime committed in Scott County in 1997.

— Paul Quigley, 30, is serving a 25-year sentence for sexual abuse committed for over a year beginning in May 2000 in Muscatine County.