Gov. Wolf Commutes Life Sentences For 13 Jailed On Murder Charges

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HARRISBURG, PA — Gov. Tom Wolf has signed 13 commutations, as advisable by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. The candidates, sentenced to life in jail for homicide costs, will quickly be freed to a Community Corrections Center and finally paroled.

“These 13 individuals have served time for their crimes and deserve now a second chance,” Gov. Wolf stated in a press release. “They now have a chance to begin a life outside of prison that I hope is fulfilling for each of them.”

The following folks might be launched from jail with time served:

  • George W. Burkhardt, 83, Lancaster, served 30 years for Murder 2, advisable in Dec. 2020
  • Daniel Cummings, 75, Philadelphia, served 38 years for Murder 1, advisable in Sept. 2020
  • Eric I. Eisen, 52, Allegheny, served 26 years for Murder 2, advisable in Dec. 2020
  • Reid Evans, 57, Philadelphia, served 39 years for Murder 2, advisable in Sept. 2020
  • Wyatt Evans, 58, Philadelphia, served 39 years for Murder 2, advisable in Sept. 2020
  • Charlie J. Goldblum, 71, Allegheny, served 42 years for Murder 1, advisable in Sept. 2019
  • Charles M. Haas, 72, Philadelphia, served 41 years for Murder 2, advisable in Dec. 2020
  • Dennis Horton, 51, Philadelphia, served 27 years for Murder 2, advisable in Dec. 2020
  • Lee A. Horton, 55, Philadelphia, served 27 years from Murder 2, advisable in Dec. 2020
  • Avis Lee, 59, Allegheny, served 40 years for Murder 2, advisable in Sept. 2020
  • Francisco Mojita, Sr.,58, Philadelphia, served 28 years for Murder 2, advisable in Sept. 2020
  • Mildred Strickland, 75, Philadelphia, served 31 years for Murder 1, advisable in Sept. 2020
  • Gregory Stover, 55, Philadelphia, served 32 years for Murder 1, advisable in Sept. 2020

Among these whose sentences have been commuted are two units of Philadelphia brothers who have been each sentenced to life in jail beneath separate second-degree homicide circumstances.

According to the governor’s office, Reid Evans and Wyatt Evans have served practically 40 years since their 1981 convictions. The brothers robbed a 68-year-old man at gunpoint and compelled him out of his automotive, stealing the car. The man later had a coronary heart assault and died early the following day, making the theft a homicide beneath the felony homicide legislation.

Dennis Horton and Lee Horton have served 27 years for a 1993 theft and deadly capturing that each males have maintained they did not commit.

Two ladies are amongst those that have had their sentences commuted. Avis Lee, 59, and Mildred Strickland, 75 have been each sentenced to life for homicide in separate Philadelphia County circumstances.

Lt. Gov. Fetterman chairs the five-person Board of Pardons, which should vote unanimously on functions for commutations of life sentences to go the suggestions to the governor.

“Each of these Pennsylvanians is fully deserving of the chance to return to their families and start a new life,” Fetterman stated.