In commuting 20 murder convicts’ sentences, California governor draws praise, condemnation

LOS ANGELES — Thomas Yackley fatally stabbed two men at a party. Kimberly LaBore took part in a home invasion that ended with one person dead. Virgil Holt killed his boss at a fast-food restaurant shortly after he’d been fired.

All are among the 20 killers serving life sentences that were recently commuted by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). With barely four months left in office, California’s longest-serving governor is granting forgiveness to record numbers of criminals.

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