Bevin Pardoned Criminals So Violent His Pardons Are Being Called An“Atrocity"
It is not unusual for governors to issue a slew of pardons as they prepare to leave office, but the convicted criminals former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin chose to pardon on his way out have left many in the state shocked and questioning the Republican’s judgment.
According to The Washington Post, among the hundreds of people Bevin pardoned are criminals convicted of extraordinarily violent crimes: “His list includes a man convicted of reckless homicide, a convicted child rapist, a man who murdered his parents at age 16 and a woman who threw her newborn in the trash after giving birth in a flea market outhouse.”
“What this governor did is an absolute atrocity of justice,” said Commonwealth Attorney Jackie Steele. “He’s put victims, he’s put others in our community in danger.”
Steele prosecuted another of Bevin’s pardon recipients, Patrick Brian Baker, whose brother happened to throw a fundraiser for the governor last year to help Bevin pay down his campaign debt.
“Baker was convicted in 2017 of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer and tampering with evidence for his role in a 2014 home invasion that resulted in the death of Donald Mills,” The Post reported. “Baker had served just two years of his 19-year sentence when Bevin pardoned him to time served on Dec. 6.”
Baker’s co-defendants in the case were not issue pardons, Steele noted.
Bevin left a message for The Post for the story saying he is “a big believer in second chances.”
“I think this is a nation that was founded on the concept of redemption and second chances and new pages in life,” he continued. “If there has been a change and there’s no further value that comes for the individual, for society, for the victims, for anybody, if a person continues to stay in,then that’s when somebody should be considered for a commutation or a pardon.”
Bevin lost re-election to Democrat Andy Beshear. He has issued 428 pardons since his defeat.