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
A crowd of about 70 supporters cheered as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds arrived at the Roanoke headquarters. Deeds traveled with Jon Bowerbank who once was a Democratic primary candidate for Lt. Governor.
Deeds told supporters that “the only poll that matters is the one on November 3.” He trails in the polls with his Republican opponent Bob McDonnell by at least 10 points.
The President’s visit to Hampton Roads this week and the logistical assistance of the DNC and Organizing for America has helped energize Virginia Democrats about this race. We have made hundreds of thousands of contacts in the last week and will be doubling those efforts in the final days of the campaign.
Campaign volunteers last weekend knocked on over 100,000 doors despite heavy rain and some of the worst weather of the season.
Over 5,000 volunteers will knock on roughly 175,000 doors statewide this weekend and over 200,000 on Election Day per campaign staff.
Between today and Election Day, volunteers will make over 700,000 GOTV calls to targeted voters.
As the President said on Tuesday that Virginia Democrats don’t believe in ‘can’t.’ Deeds plans to surpass all expectations, surprise the pollsters and pundits and elect Creigh Deeds the 71st governor of Virginia.
Friday night Sen. Deeds will be joined by Governor Tim Kaine, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor Jody Wagner and Democratic candidate for Attorney General Steve Shannon at the Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree. The Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree features live music and dancing.
Creigh Deeds, Governor Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator Warner, Lt. Governor candidate Jody Wagner and Attorney General candidate Steve Shannon are rallying Monday morning at historic Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Roanoke at 13 East Church Ave SE. The rally begins bright-and-early at 8:00 AM.