Controversy over convicted murderer's clemency

Governor Gavin Newsom has granted a man clemency, this comes 20 years after murdering a Redding man during a home invasion.

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 11:58 AM

CALIFORNIA - Governor Gavin Newsom granted a man clemency, coming 20 years after murdering a Redding man during a home invasion.

District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said this clemency came as a surprise and her department needed more time to oppose it.

"It's very frustrating because I really believe in victim's rights," Bridgett said.

A judge sentenced Theodore Gray to 40 years to life in prison for murdering Vincent Fontecchio.

"Typically on these cases when someone is in prison for life, we get 90 days on all parole hearings," Bridgett said.

Bridgett was caught off guard when Newsom granted Gray clemency.

"Then we heard that he had already been granted clemency on September 13 so that was kind of frustrating because you're not hearing from the prosecutor side or the family's side," Bridgett said.

The clemency reduces the sentence to 25 and Proposition 57 drops it to 20, which Gray has served.

Something Christina Baxter opposes, 

"I don't like it," Baxter said. "I think if you commit murder you should have to spend the rest of your life in prison or get the death penalty."

Other people said they are more open about this, like Leo Bradley.

"God says to forgive everybody, so on some level, we should give people second chances," Bradley said.

Bridgett said she's actively reaching out to surviving family members of that victim to let them know about the clemency.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's website said that Gray is eligible for a parole sustainability hearing on December 2023.

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