Rasberry Williams sentence in 1974 Waterloo murder to be reviewed
Written by Eric Page, Assistant News Director - email
WATERLOO (KWWL) -
The life sentence handed down to a Waterloo man in a 1974 murder will be reviewed.
Governor Terry Branstad has requested that a public hearing be held on March 27 at the Black Hawk County Courthouse to gather information and public sentiment in regards to the application for commutation submitted by Rasberry Williams.
Williams was convicted in 1975 of the murder of Lester Givhan outside of George's Pool Hall in Waterloo on July 20, 1974.
Court documents show the two were arguing over $30.
The Iowa Board of Parole has unanimously recommended that Williams sentence be commuted.
Branstad wants the parole board to gather information from the victims, community, local law enforcement, Black Hawk County Attorney's Office and the Department of Corrections about how the crime impacted them, how Williams has changed while in prison and all safety concerns.
The hearing will be held at the Black Hawk County Courthouse from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.
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