Panel rejects clemency for Oklahoma inmate

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has rejected clemency for a death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month.

The board voted 4-1 Monday against commuting the death sentence of 28-year-old Michael Lee Wilson, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of a Tulsa convenience store manager. Wilson's execution is set for Jan. 9.

Wilson was one of four men found guilty in the Feb. 26, 1995, beating death of 30-year-old Richard Yost. Yost was found bound and beaten on the floor of the convenience store's cooler. Authorities say he was struck dozens of times with a baseball bat.

During Monday's hearing, Wilson apologized to the victim's family and asked for "another chance at life."

Two co-defendants have been executed for the crime.

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