Tennessee governor grants executive clemency to 4

Gov. Bill Haslam (WSMV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has granted executive clemency to four people and is considering more requests.

Haslam announced Thursday that Michelle Lea Martin's 25-year prison sentence was commuted to supervised parole.

Martin pleaded guilty to her father's 2001 second-degree murder. He abused her mother and inflicted childhood sexual and drug abuse on Martin. Martin earned a GED and college degree.

Ralph Randall Reagan was pardoned for 1980 and 1982 burglary convictions and his 1984 escape conviction. He earned a theology doctorate and started a homeless shelter.

Robert James Sheard Jr. was pardoned for 1984 misdemeanor assault and battery conviction. He was a 30-year Memphis city employee and youth mentor.

Steven Lee Kennedy's pardon for his 1979 aiding and abetting fraudulent credit card use conviction follows Navy service from 1981 to 2008.Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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