Georgia man convicted of 1987 killing of store clerk granted clemency

Georgia man convicted of 1987 killing of store clerk granted clemency
Jimmy Fletcher Meders is scheduled to be put to death on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. (Source: Georgia Department of Corrections)

JACKSON, Ga. (WTOC) - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has granted clemency to Jimmy Fletcher Meders.

The board has commuted the death sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Meders was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Meders was convicted of murder and other charges in the October 1987 shooting death of Don Anderson at a convenience store in coastal Glynn County.

The board cited Meders’ lack of a criminal record prior to committing his offense, his commission of only one minor infraction in over 30 years on death row, the jury’s explicit desire during deliberations to impose a life without parole sentence which was legally unavailable at the time, and every living, able juror’s continued support for such a sentence.

In Georgia, the Parole Board has the sole constitutional authority to grant clemency and commute or reduce a death sentence to life with the possibility of parole or to life without the possibility of parole.

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