Georgia parole board grants clemency in Waldrip case

ATLANTA — The State Board of Pardons and Paroles granted clemency in the case of condemned inmate Tommy Lee Waldrip.

The Parole Board commuted Waldrip’s death sentence to life without parole. The decision by the five-member board means Waldrip will spend the remainder of his life incarcerated with the Department of Corrections. He is not eligible for parole.

It is the fifth death sentence commuted by the Parole Board since 2002. The last inmate on death row in Georgia to be granted clemency was Daniel Greene. Greene’s sentence was commuted to life without parole on April 20, 2012.

Waldrip had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on July 10, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Waldrip was sentenced to death in 1994 following his conviction for the April 1991 murder of Keith Evans in Dawson County.

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