NATION IN BRIEF : GEORGIA : Board Commutes Death Sentence

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles commuted a man's death sentence after receiving pleas for mercy from Mother Teresa, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and relatives of the murder victim. William Neal Moore's defenders call him a "born-again" Christian who has been a positive influence on others. Moore, 39, had been due to die today in the electric chair but won a stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court. He had been sentenced for the 1974 murder of Fredger Stapleton, 77, during an attempted burglary. Moore will be eligible for parole after he has served 25 years, in nine more years.

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