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Bredesen commutes death sentence of woman

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen has commuted the death sentence of a woman convicted of hiring her husband killed.

Gaile Owens has been on death row since 1986 for the beating death of her husband, Ron Owens. Under the terms of the arrangement Bredesen announced Wednesday, she'll be eligible for parole in 2012.

Bredesen said he decided to commute her sentence to life in prison because she had a plea deal with prosecutors but then was put on trial when her co-defendant refused to accept the bargain.


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