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
Bill Cleaveland supporters in Botetourt County did not let him down Tuesday. Cleaveland, an attorney, had the largest and most enthusiastic supporters at his announcement. … CLICK HERE.
The numbers were clear Cleaveland had beat Head handily with 28% of the vote to Head’s 24%. Mike Wray, former Roanoke County Board of Supervisor member came in third at 19% followed by Josh Johnson at 17% and Melvin Williams at 11%. SEE THE RESULTS HERE.
Steve Mabry, Cleaveland’s campaign manger was cautiously optimistic when I spoke to him Monday. CLICK HERE.
Cleaveland also held his own at the candidate forum … CLICK HERE.
He was the first name on the lips of those who were sifting through the candidates attempting a best guess on the victor. Besides Cleaveland speculated to be the frontrunner among the 5 candidates Chris Head followed as a close second if not the possible victor. Chris Head set himself apart as representing the business community. Head is not an attorney as he made clear at the candidate forum.
Bill Cleaveland Victory
United They Stand
Delegate William Fralin & Sen. Ralph Smith
Following his acceptance speech where he credited his family and his fellow primary opponents Cleaveland addressed questions from the media.
The race now turns to campaigning between the Republican Cleaveland and the Democratic nominee Roanoke City Councilwoman, Gwen Mason. Cleaveland as would be expected drew the line between the standard Republican platform on social issues and Republican conservative values. He expects the primary issue in the general election between him and Mason to be economic development.
Cleaveland with Steve Mabry his campaign manager will formulate a more detailed strategy in the coming weeks.
Councilwoman Gwen Mason’s thoughts on her now clear opponent will be posted shortly.