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
UPDATE: In comparing the ad running starting Monday, July 6 on WDBJ7 there has been change to the original to address the Perriello complaint. Below is the original ad airing on other stations. Check The Roanoke Times article here.
In a phone call response from Jeff Marks, General Manager of WDBJ7 he wanted to make clear “we received a complaint from Perriello and we spent some time looking into that … the information as to why an ad is running or not running has to come from the advertiser in this case the Republican National Committee.” The complaint was discussed with all involved which is done frequently according to Marks.
Marks said unfortunately the Perriello people put out a news release characterizing this as an indication that “we had taken a public position and we have not taken a public position.”
Release from Tom Perriello:
WDBJ-TV, a Roanoke television station, refused to air a false National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) attack ad on Congressman Tom Perriello (VA-05). The false NRCC ad used information about the clean energy jobs bill that the independent, nonpartisan organization FackCheck.org called “wrong.”
“The NRCC has a track record of running ads so deceptive and misleading that local TV stations refuse to air them or have to remove from the airwaves,” said Jessica Santillo, Southern Regional Press Secretary. “Clearly, Washington Republicans realize that the truth is not on their side so they resort to deceptive and false attack ads. Virginians deserve to hear the facts about how this bill will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, not be subject to scare tactics.”