DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware panel is recommending the commutation of a man's life sentence for the 1982 murder of a liquor store owner and his immediate eligibility for parole.
The Board of Pardons made the recommendation Thursday after hearing from Tyrone R. Baxter, his supporters, and the son of murder victim James Feeley.
The recommendation now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney, who led the pardons board more than a decade ago as lieutenant governor. Even if Carney grants commutation, Baxter would still have to go through the parole process.
Baxter pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life without parole in exchange for testifying against co-defendant James Riley.
Riley was initially sentenced to death but was sentenced to life in prison after a retrial.