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Florence Laurel Anderson, a prostitute convicted in Humboldt County of murder alongside her abusive pimp, was among the nine inmates serving time for violent crimes commuted Friday by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
According to the commutation, in April 2001 Anderson went to the motel room of Bruce James with her pimp Michael Lane who intended to rob him. Lane stabbed James to death, and he, Anderson and two others made off with $49, credit cards, jewelry and clothing.
According to Brown, an investigation that included an interview with Lane found evidence that Anderson was suffering from Intimate Partner Battery at the time of her crime.
things went downhill,
I threatened her and told her she couldn say anything. She didn come forward because of me and my threats, Lane said, according to Brown. She was afraid of me. Actually she was terrified of me . she didn do anything. . She doesn deserve all this time. to Brown, in her 16 years of incarceration, Anderson has been certified as an alcohol and drug counselor and has an internship to continue this work upon her release. She also works as a hospice volunteer for terminally ill inmates and has been housed in the dorm for several years.
Brown cited Anderson role in the murder, her past abuse and work inside prison as reasons to let her appear before the California Board of Parole Hearings earlier than originally scheduled.
Brown wrote that Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming has written to oppose clemency and the position that there is nothing about this case. He added that a former Humboldt County district attorney said he it was very plausible that [Anderson] was truly a victim of domestic violence and that her involvement in the crime was due to that fact.
Brown has granted 18 applications to shorten prison sentences since he returned to office in January 2011.
The governor office says inmates who display exemplary behavior can ask the governor to reduce their prison sentences.
Christopher Edwin Asay
Asay was convicted of first degree murder in San Bernardino County for fatally shooting and robbing a courier in 1987. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Brown said Asay earned college degrees while in prison.
Hamid Basil Bashir
Bashir was sentenced to 25 years to life in 2002 for second degree murder in Los Angeles. In 1998, when Bashir was 18, he and a group of friends robbed a store. One of Bashir friends fatally shot the manager.
Brown cited Bashir remorse. Bashir earned a high school diploma and trained to be a paralegal while in prison.
Brown said Carrillo has participated in numerous prison programs. He is an inmate Native American spiritual adviser and assists chaplains performing Indian spiritual rites.
Craig has earned a high school diploma, mentors at risk youth and is a Bible counselor.
Brown cited the support of McVay prison warden and has avoided gangs and drugs during his incarceration. He is a rescue dog trainer and Bible counselor.