Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D), who is running against Mehmet Oz for the open US Senate seat, said there is “always that possibility” that the convicted murderers he helps get out of prison commit more murders.
As lieutenant governor, Fetterman appoints members and serves on the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, using his influence to help free inmates convicted of second-degree murder and the political power to pressure the governor to approves these commutations.
In a 2019 interview, Fetterman told FOX43’s Grace Griffaton that there’s “always that possibility” that the convicted killers he helps free from prison will continue to kill more Pennsylvanians. This risk, suggests Fetterman, is one he is happy to take.
The interview went as follows:
Griffin: Some ask, why give someone convicted of second degree murder a second chance? This morning, Lieutenant Governor. John Fetterman gave us his contribution and why he believes some prisoners are worthy of redemption.
Griffin: People on the other side of the spectrum are like “Well, what if one of them goes out and does something horribly wrong?” [Emphasis added]
Fetterman: It would be, it would be — first and foremost, it would be catastrophic and personally devastating if someone hurt someone. There is always this possibility, theoretically. Thousands of people are on parole, so the vast majority of inmates pass and reappear. So the idea that it’s unique to the switching process is just plain wrong. [Emphasis added]
A former mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Fetterman has been a longtime supporter of emptying state prisons. For example, he said he wants to release nearly 13,000 inmates statewide from jail.
Similarly, Fetterman said his number one priority is to end Pennsylvania law that allows courts to sentence convicted felons to life in prison without parole. In 2021, he advocated for the elimination of the state’s mandatory life sentence without parole for suspects convicted of second-degree murder.
In 2019, Fetterman successfully lobbied Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe (D) to release from prison convicted second-degree murderer Raymond Johnson who murdered a 27-year-old man in York, Pennsylvania.
According to accounts at the time, Johnson called himself “son of the devil” and bragged that he was a hitman who “killed several people”.
A York County sheriff’s deputy testified at the murder trial that Johnson threatened potential witnesses with murder if they testified in the case against him. Ultimately, Johnson was convicted in 1975 of Jeffers’ murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Fetterman, as Breitbart News reported, oversaw the release of 13 convicted murderers while he headed the Board of Pardons. In addition, one of Fetterman’s appointees to the board sought to end mandatory life without parole for first- and second-degree murderers.
In 2019, Fetterman asked the Pardon Commission to eliminate the application fee for convicts seeking a pardon. Also that year, he hired two former inmates convicted of murder whose life sentences were commuted.
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