Tennessee Attorney General Appealing Death Sentence Conversion

Tennessee’s attorney general is appealing the decision of a criminal court judge to convert a death row inmate’s sentence to life in prison.

The Attorney General says reducing Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman’s death sentence “circumvented established legal procedures.”

James L. Jones, Jr., as he was known at the time of his crimes, was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and armed robbery in 1986. The same jury that found him guilty of murder sentenced him to death.

He was within eight months of his scheduled execution when he signed an agreement with prosecutors on Aug. 28 to change his sentence.

 

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