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Skinner Clemency Hearing Held Wednesday

Skinner Clemency Hearing Held Wednesday

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The husband of imprisoned Shirley Skinner testified at a clemency hearing Wednesday before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.  Kenneth Skinner says his 78-year old wife should be able to spend her remaining years at home and says she is in poor health and not being properly cared for at the Logan Correctional Center.

“Its been hard on me because I’m not used to living by myself and the last four or five years, I’ve had to live by myself, fend for myself and its been very, very difficult” says Skinner.

Skinner was sentenced to 55 years for the 2008  murder of Steven Watkins in Ashland.  Watkins was shot in the back of the head when he went to the Skinner home to pick up his daughter for visitation.  Skinner is the grandmother of Watkins’ ex-wife who fled to Florida with one of his daughters.  The board will give Governor Pat Quinn their recommendation in a few weeks.

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