Mother of inmate delivers pardon petition to Va. governor

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The mother of an inmate serving more than six life terms for a robbery is asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to grant a pardon. Media outlets report that Angela Blount delivered a petition containing more than 14,000 signatures to Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney on Wednesday. Blount’s son, Travion Blount, was 15 at the time of the home invasion robbery in September 2006. He won’t be eligible for geriatric release until 2051, when he turns 60. Two co-defendants who were adults pleaded guilty and received 10- and 13-year sentences. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell granted Blount a conditional pardon that reduced the sentence to 40 years. A federal judge voided that decision, saying McDonnell overstepped his authority.

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