Attorney files 2nd pardon petition for Virginia inmate

WLNI-SNORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ A lawyer has filed a new conditional pardon petition for an inmate serving six life terms plus 118 years for a home invasion robbery he committed as a juvenile. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1sa1KCl ) that attorney John Goggeshall is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to reduce Travion Blount’s prison term to between 10 and 15 years. Goggeshall arguesthat Blount’s current sentence is unconstitutional and against a recent Supreme Court precedent that prohibits life prison terms for non-homicidal crimes committed by juveniles. Blount, now 24, was 15 at the time of the robbery. Two 18-year-old co-defendants pleaded guilty and received 10 and 12-year sentences. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell granted Blount a conditional pardon, reducing the sentence to 40 years. But a federal judge voided that decision, saying the governor overstepped his authority.

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