July 24, 2014

Governor turns down commutation requests of 8 women.

Governor Terry Branstad today denied the requests of 8 women to commute their sentences and make them eligible for parole. Four of the women committed their crimes in Polk County and three in Scott County.  Here are the names released by the Governor’s office:

Shannon Elizabeth Lee Breeden, age 28, committed her crimes on May 27, 2002, in Scott County.  She is currently serving a twenty-five year sentence with a 70% mandatory for attempted murder.

Helena F. Burrell, age 70, committed her crime on January 10, 1985, in Polk County.  She is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Sheri Fisher, age 29, committed her crimes on September 3, 2006, in Polk County.  She is currently serving a thirty-five year sentence with a 70% mandatory for attempted murder and willful injury causing serious injury.

Laura E. Hockmuth, age 32, committed her crimes on May 15, 1997, in Scott County.  She is currently serving a fifty-year sentence with a 70% mandatory for second-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.

Christine M. Lockheart, age 46, committed her crimes on February 17, 1985, in Scott County.  She was originally sentenced to a life sentence for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.  Because she was under the age of 18 at the time of her crime, her sentence was vacated and she is currently waiting resentencing.

Tifany A. Myers, age 32, committed her crime on January 20, 2000, in Polk County.  She is currently serving a fifty-year sentence with a 70% mandatory for second-degree mandatory.

Susan Ross, age 55, committed her crimes on January 24, 2003, in Polk County.  She is currently serving a one hundred year sentence for second-degree kidnapping and drug possession with intent to deliver.

Judy K. White, age 67, committed her crime on April 13, 1979, in Cedar County.  She is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.