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
Gwen Mason was joined Thursday, by local members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation to announce the endorsement of Virginia AgPAC, a political action committee of VFBF, in the race for the 17th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Supporters included Roanoke County Board of Supervisor member Charlotte Moore, Roanoke City Treasurer Evelyn Powers and local members of the Farm Bureau at the Jeter Farm.
As the granddaughter of a peach farmer and a long-term member of the Farm Bureau myself, their endorsement means a great deal to me.
These past weeks I’ve spent a lot of time in Botetourt County and elsewhere in the 17th District speaking with local growers. The Food Expo on Friday, August 14th was a wonderful celebration of family farms in this precious corner of Virginia. I will work hard to promote these healthy, homegrown treasures and the people who produce them.”
The non-partisan Virginia AgPAC was created by the Farm Bureau in 1999 and employs in-kind contributions to support candidates who can best support agriculture and Farm Bureau issues. With 147,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group.
Mason responds to Bill Cleaveland’s remarks on Wednesday:
CLEAVELAND on Wednesday – “Governor adjusted the official figure to a half a BILLION dollars more than my opponent’s projection. Underestimating economic difficulties and simply hoping for the best are the origins of the current shortfall.”
“Virginians deserve leadership that will produce realistic budgets based on realistic projections not wish lists based on misplaced optimism.”
MASON Thursday: “Just who controlled the house during these years?” (referring to the Republican held House of Delegates).
Mason in response to an informal challenge for two debates by her opponent Bill Cleaveland said she would work with her opponent on a schedule – “the voters deserve to have a debate” to assess each candidate.