Mike Pence’s candidacy could prevent Illinois man’s pardon

CHICAGO (AP) — Donald Trump’s decision to have Mike Pence as his running mate on the GOP presidential ticket may put in limbo a historic pardon request to the Indiana governor from a wrongfully convicted Illinois man.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Indiana Parole Board more than two years ago recommended Pence pardon now 49-year-old Keith Cooper for an armed robbery 20 years ago. Pence hasn’t acted in the case.

Legal experts say if Cooper is successful his pardon would be the first from an Indiana governor based on innocence.

Cooper was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a 1996 robbery in Elkhart that left a teen with a gunshot wound in the stomach.

Cooper was released from prison after the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned his co-defendant’s conviction in 2005.


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