The outgoing members of the state Clemency Board did not consider former Citrus County resident Michael Thornton's criminal case during their final meeting Thursday. Thornton, 54, had hoped the board, whose members also make up the Florida Cabinet, would commute the 30-year prison sentence he received in 2004 for pawning stolen coins and jewelry. The same judge who sentenced him also sent Thornton's son to prison for 30 years on vehicular homicide charges, a punishment later vacated by a different judge. But the news for Michael Thornton wasn't all bad. Sterling Ivey, spokesman for Gov. Charlie Crist, said Thursday that the case will be investigated and then heard at a Clemency Board meeting next year.
Clemency Board fails to consider former Citrus County resident's case
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