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Further information on UA 448/91 (AMR 51/70/91, 18 December) - USA (Virginia): death penalty: Herbert Bassett

, Index number: AMR 51/015/1992


EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 51/15/92
Distr: UA/SC
Further information on UA 448/91, AMR 51/70/91 (18 December 1991) Death
Penalty 24 January 1992
USA (Virginia) Herbert Bassett
Amnesty International has just learned that Governor Wilder commuted the death
sentence of Herbert Bassett, who was scheduled to be executed by the state
of Virginia on 23 January 1992. He will now serve a sentence of life
imprisonment without parole.
This is the second commutation to be granted by Governor Wilder during his
period in office. Joe Giarratano's death sentence was commuted by the Governor
on 20 February 1991.
No further action is required on Herbert Bassett's behalf. Thank you to all
who sent appeals.

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