December 30, 2004
Death Row Inmate Pardoned by Former Illinois Governor Ryan Faces Death Penalty Again
From MSNBC.com: "Thomas Umphrey, 43, was sentenced to death in 2000 for kidnapping and killing a woman in Illinois. In January 2003, outgoing Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of the state’s 167 death row inmates to life in prison because of grave doubts about Illinois’ criminal justice system. Authorities believe that six days before the slaying in Illinois, Umphrey killed his boss at a foam rubber factory in St. Louis.
On Dec. 14, Umphrey was moved from an Illinois prison to the St. Louis city jail and charged with murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty." Full story here. [Mark Godsey]
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