Branstad Denies Inmate's Request for Commutation

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has denied an Iowa inmate's request to have his life prison sentence commuted.

Branstad says Friday he denied 78-year-old Harry Sisco's commutation request. The former Rock Island man was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Audrey "Elaine" St. Clair, of Milan, in April 1991.

The Quad-City Times reports Sisco was accused of wrapping St. Clair's body in garbage bags and dumping it in rural, nearby Muscatine County.

Sisco told the Iowa Parole Board at a hearing last year that St. Clair was a good friend, and the death was an accident. The board later voted against his commutation request.

Sisco is imprisoned at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. A message left at the facility was not immediately returned Friday.
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