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Death row inmate, commuted by former Gov. Matt Bevin, to serve out life in prison sentence

Posted at 1:42 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 13:42:29-04

(LEX 18) — Leif Halvorsen, an inmate who was taken off death row by former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The full parole board met Monday and gave Halvorsen a "serve out," which means he is set to serve out his life sentence.

Back in January 1983, Halvorsen was arrested, along with Mitchell Willoughby, for the brutal murders of Joey Durrum, Joey Norman, and Jacqueline Green in a Lexington home. Both were sentenced to death.

In his final days in office, Gov. Bevin pardoned or commuted the sentences of hundreds of inmates, including Halvorsen. Willoughby remains on death row.

In the executive order, Bevin stated: "Leif has a powerful voice that needs to be heard by more people."