Governor Commutes Convicted Killer's Sentence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has agreed to release a man who has repeatedly declared his innocence in the 1983 murder of a teen girl near Battle Creek.

Granholm commuted the life sentence of Thomas Cress on Tuesday, which clears the way for his release from prison on parole.

In 1985, Cress was convicted of killing 17-year-old Patricia Rosansky, whose body was found in a wooded area in Calhoun County's Bedford Township.

The Michigan Supreme Court in 2003 refused to grant a new trial despite no physical evidence against Cress and the subsequent confession of another man.

Cress' plea for clemency had many supporters, including U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
Granholm, a Democrat, leaves office Saturday after eight years as governor.

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  • by Sans on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    I don't think she means to do the wrong thing, she just keeps putting her feet in it. I don't think we need another convicted killer out on the streets. It is one thing when the person is proven to be not guility due to DNA evidence, then there is no doubt, but just because this guy says he didn't do it, well whats his new proof? His word isn't even close to good enough.
  • by Blake Location: Dearborn on Dec 28, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    Maybe he offered her husband and her cronies some contracts if he gets out.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 at 07:53 PM
    She better get busy because she only has a few more days left to trash Michigan even more!!!!
  • by Jp on Dec 28, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    GET HER OUT OF HERE!!! God she is stupid!! Of course he is gonna say he is innocent!! There are 40,000 guys in Michigans Prison system that ALL say they are innocent!! Does that mean we should let them all out?? Go back to Canada and LEAVE OUR STATE ALONE!! You have blown us away already!! Don't BURY US!!
  • by wild Location: Jackson on Dec 28, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    That's alright Jenny go out with a bang!! You have already screwed enough up so what's one more BIG mistake!! Its been along eight years an all I can say is THANK GOD its over this Saturday!!! You won't be missed!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    Is she going to change her mind about this one like she did the last one?
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