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
Bowers and his girlfriend Marguarite dance before the speeches.
At noon Friday the incumbent Mayor David Bowers held a rally at Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles at Church and Market Street. Along with about 40 supporters was DPVA Chair Brian Moran, Virginia Senator John Edwards, former DPVA Chair Dick Cranwell, former VA Senator Granger MacFarlane and former Delegate Chip Woodrum.
Councilman Sherman Lea was by his side and took accolades from Bowers who thanked and praised his colleague for holding the team together and not challenging Bowers for Mayor. Lea is seeking his third term on council along with Anita Price and Court Rosen.
Price was at a family graduation and Councilman Rosen has been conspicuously absent from Bowers’ events. He made a brief showing at the Democratic women’s wine and cheese event Thursday evening and was seen at the mayoral forum. Lea and Price have shared a few ads and stood with Bowers at many events but Rosen has campaigned on his own.
Another dignitary has been absent. Delegate Onzlee Ware has not been by Bowers’ side at any event. Senator John Edwards on the other hand can be counted on for support and attendance at all events political or otherwise. (Let me know if someone has seen Rosen and Ware.)
Moran said how important it was that Democrats prevail on the local level “where the rubber meets the road.”
Bowers didn’t hold back on his criticisim of his Republican opponent Mark Lucas repeating as he had in the past his opponents lack of knowledge of Roanoke issues and absence at board meetings. Bowers said his opponent calls himself a visionary but “all that sizzles is not steak.” (See the video.)