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Texas Grants Rare Clemency To Thomas Whitaker Minutes Before Scheduled Execution

Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of an inmate who was behind the murder of his brother and mother after Thomas “Bart” Whitaker’s father pleaded that his son’s life is spared, even though he also barely survived the attack, according to NBC News. Abbott’s decision was announced just thirty minutes before Whitaker was set to receive a lethal injection, making it the third time in four decades where a Texas governor decided to grant clemency to a death-row inmate on humanitarian grounds. Whitaker, 38, will now serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole after being spared, according to Keith Hampton, Whitaker’s lawyer, who described how the family learned of…