Less than an hour before Thomas Whitaker was scheduled to die, Gov. Greg Abbott commuted his sentence from death to life in prison. This followed the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole voting unanimously to recommend clemency for Mr. Whitaker.
I must admit that I am surprised that Gov. Abbott granted clemency based on his past actions and pronouncements regarding the death penalty.
For whatever reason, or reasons, he chose to spare Mr. Whitaker from death, I commend Gov. Abbott on his decision. Killing one more person won't bring anyone back to life and won't heal any of the wounds caused by Mr. Whitaker's actions.