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Mon December 16, 2013

Oklahoma Inmate Wants His Death Penalty Commuted

Michael Wilson
Credit Oklahoma DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month wants the state Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence.

A clemency hearing is scheduled Monday for 38-year-old Michael Lee Wilson, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of a Tulsa convenience store manager. Wilson's execution is set for Jan. 9.

Wilson wants the board to commute his sentence to life in prison.

Wilson was one of four men found guilty in the Feb. 26, 1995, beating death of 30-year-old Richard Yost. Yost was found bound and beaten on the floor of the convenience store's cooler. Authorities say he was struck dozens of times with a baseball bat.

Two co-defendants have been executed for the crime. The fourth was sentenced to life in prison.