Governor Terry Branstad has turned down the requests of 5 people to have their sentences modified or reduced. The governor denied the request of 3 people to commute their life sentences.
The oldest is 81-year-old Earl Thompson, who is in prison for first-degree murder in a crime committed in 1961 in Dallas County. Sixty-three-year old Kenneth Sheffey is also serving life for first-degree murder committed in Scott County in 1974. Fifty-nine-year-old Randy Schubert is serving life for first-degree kidnapping committed in 1982 in Hancock County.
The other two commutation requests involved men serving 25-year sentences for first-degree robbery in crimes committed in 2003. Forty-eight-year-old Troy Midthus committed his crime in Black Hawk County and 40-year-old Edgar Cardona was sentenced for a crime in Pottawattamie County.