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Convicted Murderer Wants Record Erased

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Vicksburg man has asked a Warren County judge to wipe clean his criminal record.

Clarence Jones received an indefinite suspension of his life sentence and was released from prison in 2004 from Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Jones had served as trusty at the Governor's Mansion. He was pardoned by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2008.

In asking Circuit Judge M. James Chaney for an expungement, Jones want the conviction removed from is criminal record. Jones, now 46, had been convicted in 1992 in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, 22-year-old Carla M. Smith.

However, prosecutors told Chaney during a hearing this week that murder is not included among the expungeable offenses listed in state law regardless of a gubernatorial pardon.


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