In a rather unexpected move, Governor Jan Brewer granted clemency to a man who has spent 50 years in prison for allegedly killing his mother and stepfather in 1964. Patrick Maloney was 16 years old at the time of the killings and is now 65. He has spent the large majority of his life in prison for the killings, but will be released on March 20 on terms of parole.
Maloney was originally sentenced to life with no chance of parole. By reducing his sentence to 45 years to life, Brewer made it possible for him to be paroled. There was no explanation for the governor's decision, although a spokesman said it was not based on time already served for the crime. A state board had recommended the decision four years prior to Brewer's announcement.