HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lawyers for the only Canadian on death row in the United States are telling Montana parole officials that he deserves clemency because he is a changed man.
Ronald Smith is asking a parole board to recommend that Gov. Brian Schweitzer commute his death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1983 murders of two cousins.
The board said it expects to issue its findings in three weeks.
Helena attorney Ron Waterman urged the board to grant clemency to demonstrate to inmates that good behavior matters.
A prison doctor testified Wednesday that Smith has been a model prisoner who does not exhibit the anti-social behavior he did years ago.
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