RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
The History Museum of Western Virginia is showcasing the “Civil War in Virginia” exhibit in its entirety starting Saturday, June 8. It runs through June 1, 2014. The exhibition, presents paintings, photographs, prints, documents, weapons, uniforms, flags and other objects.
There are two parts to the exhibit and the History Museum is the only Virginia museum to have the space to display it all said Kim Clymer, Operations Manager.
The 3,000 square-foot exhibition was organized by the Virginia Historical Society in partnership with the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the National Endowment of Humanities. It showcases more than 200 objects and utilizes 17 state-of-the-art audio-visual programs to engage visitors and allow them to share the personal experiences of free and enslaved men, women, and children during the Civil War in Virginia.
The exhibit is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Center in the Square.
Visitors will learn some little known facts like it wasn’t bullets, but bacteria and viruses that were the deadliest enemy. Antibiotics were not invented yet. The strategies of the war were mostly being at the right place at the right time. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson decided to “move swiftly and strike vigorously.”
Black enlistment in Union armies reached 200,000. The majority were foreign slaves.
“Surviving the War”, the second part of the exhibit explains how West Virginia broke off from Virginia, originally the Civil War wasn’t about slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free all the slaves.
Enjoy the slide show below and don’t miss the videos and interactive opportunities this exhibit offers.