Quinn considers clemency petitions before leaving office

SPRINGFIELD - In his final moments as Illinois governor, Pat Quinn granted 43 clemency petitions, resulting in reduced prison sentences for two people and commuted sentenced for four others.

The actions were announced by Quinn's office on Monday, just as Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's inauguration began.  Quinn denied 119 petitions.

Among those who received commuted sentences include Anthony Dansberry and Tyrone Hood.  Authorities say Hood was sentenced in the 1993 shooting death of an Illinois Institute of Technology basketball player.  However, his attorneys say evidence points to someone else, and that prosecutors have re-examined the case.  Dansberry was convicted of a 1991 murder, but his attorneys say the confession was coerced because Dansberry couldn't read and unknowingly signed paperwork.

During his time as governor, Quinn considered about 5,000 clemency petitions.  Illinois officials say Rauner will be given 1,800 clemency cases to consider.
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