Lawmaker Wants Constitutional Change

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Rep. Brandon Jones said he knows changing Mississippi's Constitution will not be easy, but it's something he feels compelled to accomplish.

Jones' desire took hold in July when Gov. Haley Barbour commuted Michael David Graham's life sentence after the inmate served 19 years for stalking and killing his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky Graham, in Pascagoula in 1989.

Graham served four of his 19 years working as a trusty at the Governor's Mansion. Barbour has said he will pardon Graham if he does well outside of prison. Other governors have done the same.

Jones has written two bills that will be introduced Jan. 6 when the Mississippi Legislature convenes.

"The first bill is a constitutional amendment," Jones said, "which will make it impossible for any governor to pardon, or provide other relief, for a murderer or capital murderer. This includes commutation of sentence or suspension of sentence."

Jones said he has also written a bill that will require a governor considering release of an inmate to alert the district attorney and the sheriff's department in the county where the crime occurred.

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