Nevada Board of Pardons to consider commuting all death sentences

Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 2:06 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The Nevada Board of Pardons will consider a measure commuting all death sentences in the state.

The measure is noted in an agenda for a Board of Pardons meeting next week. The agenda said the board will discuss whether to commute all sentences for those who have been given the death penalty to life without parole instead.

Outgoing Governor Steve Sisolak serves as chairman of the Board of Pardons. Meghin Delaney, the governor’s spokesperson, said Gov. Sisolak requested the item be added to the agenda.

“The Governor believes this is a worthy item for the Commissioners to consider and will be voting in favor of the measure,” Delaney said.

“The Governor has always said that capital punishment should be sought and used less often, and he believes this is an appropriate and necessary step forward in the ongoing conversation and discussion around capital punishment.”

Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford The board and six justices from the Nevada Supreme Court make up the board.

According to Death Penalty Information Center, 65 offenders are currently on death row in Nevada. The state’s last execution was in 2006. Convicted murderer Daryl Mack was killed by lethal injection.

Zane Floyd, who murdered four people in Las Vegas in 2000, was scheduled to be put to death last year, but his attorney challenged the new combination of drugs the state would use in his execution. They argued the lethal injection would be cruel and inhumane. Another execution date has not been set.

In 2021, the Nevada Legislature considered a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. The bill ultimately failed; at the time, progressive groups said Gov. Sisolak “failed” Nevadans by not moving forward with the bill.

The Board of Pardons is set to meet Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. to discuss the measure.