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
All across the city neighborhoods are having picnics, yard sales, and fish frys. The twenty-plus active Roanoke City neighborhood organizations and watches celebrate this month with always an abundance of good food. The Countryside Neighborhood Alliance in Northwest Roanoke celebrated at the Countryside Golf Club pavilion Saturday. Did I mention we had food? Check out Mayor David Bowers photo with a piece of Jean Fairfax’s famous nut bread. When Jean walked in with it we were like a swarm of bees all over it then it was gone! We have some great cooks in our neighborhood. We had music and donated door prizes from various companies. WDBJ7 donated 2 gift bags, Home Depot a fan, Elite Gym – 3 month membership, and Red Sox paraphernalia. Everyone got something including the last of the “Save Countryside” T-Shirts.
Susan Hall and Becky and Eddie Johnson each were presented with a $50 gift certificate to Red Lobster as the neighbors who contributed over the past year to the success of the neighborhood.
Susan Hall & Becky Johnson
Brian Keenum, Candidate for Sheriff with sons and Becky Johnson
Mayor Bowers waits patiently in the chow line.
Mayor Bowers and Susan Hall
Mayor Bowers talks to constituents.
Keenum with Ken and Rosanne Saunders and Millie Steele
Keenum boys break pinata
Neighbors play croquet.
Sheriff candidate Frank Garrett
Johnsons with Jean & Carl Fairfax
Perry Keeton adorned with patriotism.
Mayor David Bowers at Countryside Picnic
We had two Sheriff candidates attending – Frank Garrett vying for the Democratic nomination on June 9 and Brian Keenum, Independent candidate for Sheriff. Keenum brought his two sons who took turns at the pinata finally breaking it – see the video clip.
Now we are looking forward to Juneteenth in Washington Park. It is our 3rd year participating and we always have so much fun. Then on August 4 will be National Night Out against crime with leftover hot dogs from Saturday. That is always fun when our police officers and Fire/EMS attend. If you don’t belong or participate in your neighborhood you don’t know what your missing. We look out for each other, keep an eye on suspicious activity in the neighborhood, and try to keep trash picked up in our area and did I mention we have fun?