Momentum builds to reduce Iowa killer's sentence

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 am

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Supporters of an inmate serving life in prison for a 1974 murder urged Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday to commute the sentence so he can be released, while the victim's relatives said they had forgiven him.

The statements, given during an unusual public hearing called by the governor, appeared to add momentum to 66-year-old Rasberry Williams' bid to have his sentence changed to a fixed term so he can be released on parole after 38 years in prison.

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