Two years after the state of Maryland abolished capital punishment, Governor Martin O’Malley has commuted the death sentence of the four remaining inmates on death row.  The sentences of Heath William Burch, Vernon Evans, Jr., Anthony Grandison, and Jody Lee Miles, have been committed to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.  Maryland’s last execution occurred in 2005, after which, Maryland’s lethal injection protocol was struck down.  In early 2013, the Maryland legislature voted to abolish capital punishment in the state.  The law, however, was not retroactive, meaning the inmate who had been sentenced to death would remain on death row.  

  

Earlier in December of 2014, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler argued that the state no longer had the authority to carry out executions.  Also noted was the fact that Maryland does not have an active, legal execution protocol.

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