Oklahoma death row inmate plans to reject chance for clemency despite maintaining his innocence
June 23, 2023
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man scheduled to be executed in September for the 1996 killing of a University of Oklahoma dance student plans to reject his chance for a clemency hearing, saying there is little hope the state's Republican governor would spare his life.
Anthony Sanchez, 44, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Thursday from Oklahoma's death row that even in the rare case when the five-member Pardon and Parole Board recommends clemency, Gov. Kevin Stitt is unlikely to grant it.
"I've sat in my cell and I've watched inmate after inmate after inmate get clemency...