Six Virginia felons receive conditional pardons from Gov. McAuliffe

Six Virginia felons receive conditional pardons from Gov. McAuliffe

Six Virginia felons receive conditional pardons from Gov. McAuliffe

On his last day in office, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed conditional pardons for 6 Virginians.

May, sentenced to 160 years in prison for several armed robberies that happened when he was 16, was pardoned on the condition that he completes a re-entry program before his release and enters a three-year period of supervised release.

One of the people pardoned was Travion Blount, who was 15 years old when he and two older men held up a Norfolk house party in 2008.

"However, the investigation into his absolute pardon petition has not yet been completed". Davis has successfully rehabilitated himself and served as a model inmate, McAuliffe said.

Tawana Simmons Terry (View pardon order) - Terry was sentenced to 30 years in prison for distributing $80 worth of crack cocaine.

Blount had been trying to reduce his term to 10 to 20 years, citing the unconstitutionality of sentencing a juvenile who did not commit homicide to life without parole. Terry, a mother of three, was pardoned upon completing the same conditions.

Messiah Johnson, who was convicted of an armed robbery in Norfolk in which no one was injured and sentenced to 132 years in prison. That helped destroy Blount's legal case that his conviction violated the constitution prohibition on sentencing juveniles to life without parole.

He was offered a plea deal of 14-years in prison, but he wanted to proceed to a jury trial.

Governor McDonnell reduced his sentence to 40 years.

"I am proud that each of these Virginians will serve an appropriate term and get a second chance at a more productive life". Blount's attorneys cited how one of the two adult co-defendants in the case has already been released.

McAuliffe issued a partial pardon, further reducing Blount's sentence to 14 years, the amount of his original plea offer.

Leonard Lenon Singleton (View pardon order) - After serving his country in the United States Navy, Leonard "Lenny" Singleton became addicted to drugs and spiraled into a pattern of criminal behavior in which he robbed a number of individuals over the better part of a year. No serious injuries occurred. Singleton has taken advantage of the Department of Corrections programs for education and rehabilitation and has been a model inmate for more than a decade, the governor's office said.

Adrian Earl Davis, who was convicted of multiple robberies in Virginia Beach in 2001 and sentenced to 38 years in prison. The judge sentenced him because, at the time, he believed the mandatory minimum sentences had to be run consecutively and not concurrently, which was later changed by a decision of the Virginia Supreme Court.