Pardon and Parole board sued over recommendation

Thursday, October 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The state Pardon and Parole Board and its chairwoman are being sued over a recommendation that a prison sentence be commuted.

Carroll Lovell is suing the board and Chairwoman Susan Bussey because of the recommendation that the life without parole sentence given to the killer of Lovell's son be commuted.

The board voted three-to-two in August to recommend that Governor Keating commute the sentence of Cathy Sue Lamb, who was convicted of killing Darrell Lovell outside a LeFlore County bar in 1991.

The governor has until October 12th to decide if he'll accept the recommendation.

Board Executive Director Terry Jenks believes the decision is allowed under state law in spite of a 1985 constitutional amendment.

That amendment creates the life without parole sentence and was adopted by Oklahoma voters.