Okla. death row inmate to ask board for clemency

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month plans to ask the state Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence.

James Lewis DeRosa is scheduled to die June 18 for the stabbing deaths of an elderly LeFlore County couple in 2000. His clemency hearing before the board is scheduled Friday.

DeRosa was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the deaths of 73-year-old Curtis Plummer and 70-year-old Gloria Plummer of Poteau.

Prosecutors say DeRosa had worked at the Plummers' ranch. They allege that DeRosa and John Eric Castleberry slashed the Plummers' throats and left the scene with $73 and the couple's pickup truck.

Castleberry pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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