Former Republican governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin issued at least 419 commutations and 161 pardons while exiting office last week, setting off a firestorm of criticism that has now turned into calls for an investigation.
One of the pardons that has drawn scrutiny went to murderer Patrick Baker who was convicted of reckless homicide and sentenced to 19 years for a 2017 home break-in where prosecutors say Baker and an accomplice shot and killed a man in front of his wife. Baker’s family raised $21,500 last year for Bevin at a political fundraiser, the The Courier Journal reported.
“This reeks of political favoritism. We can’t have that. People need to trust our system of government and our officials are doing the right thing,” said