Death row inmate pleads for clemency, cites good deeds

Michael Jeffrey Land (Source: Dept. of Corrections)
Michael Jeffrey Land (Source: Dept. of Corrections)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama death row inmate Michael Jeffrey Land has asked Gov. Bob Riley to stop his execution, scheduled for Thursday, because of good deeds he says he has performed while in prison.

Land filed a clemency petition Monday with Riley's office. Without a stay or clemency, Land is to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman Prison in Atmore for the May 1992 killing of Candace Brown.

Land was convicted of kidnapping Brown from her Birmingham home after slicing phone lines and breaking a window to get into the house. She was shot in the back of the head and her body found several days later in a rock quarry on Birmingham's Ruffner Mountain.

Land's clemency petition cites deeds he has accomplished in prison, including earning a GED and setting up a system for handling laundry on death row.

There is currently no word on what Gov. Riley's action will be in this case.

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