Gov. Snyder Pardons 35 People, Reduces Sentences For 26 Others
Gov. Rick Snyder has pardoned the criminal convictions of 35 people and reduced the prison sentences of 26 others.
A pardon erases a criminal conviction. A commutation reduces a sentence but doesn't get rid of the conviction. Snyder says he "took great time and care" in making decisions after cases were screened by the Corrections Department and the state parole board.
Snyder reduced the life sentence of Melissa Chapman, who has spent 30 years in prison for first-degree murder in Genesee County. She was present when a boyfriend killed another man and admits that she helped him get rid of the body.
But Chapman says her boyfriend was abusive and had threatened to kill her.