Clemency request withdrawn in NC apartment fire

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An attorney for the woman convicted of a deadly apartment fire at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has withdrawn a request for clemency.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports (http://bit.ly/YGcXjd) that Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday suspended Janet Danahey's clemency request at the request of her attorney.

Danahey pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for setting a 2002 apartment fire that killed four people at Campus Walk Apartments in Greensboro.

She was sentenced to life in prison without parole and has served about 10 years. But last year, Danahey asked then-Gov. Beverly Perdue to commute her sentence to time served.

Sisters Rachel and Donna Llewellyn, Elizabeth Harris, and Ryan Bek were killed when the fire engulfed a section of the apartment.

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Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com

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