3 life sentences commuted in surprising move by Gov Bryan

The announcement was made during the commencement exercises of the Transforming Lives Academy, which celebrated the achievements of 10 inmates who had completed high school diplomas and trade certifications.

The first announcement was made on Tuesday when Bryan commuted the life sentence of 72-year-old Felix S. Perez, who had served 37 years for murder. The shocking declaration took place during the graduation ceremony of the Transforming Lives Academy, where 10 inmates were being recognized for their academic and vocational accomplishments.

“I believe in second chances,” Bryan stated as he called the surprised Perez to the podium. “Mr. Perez, by the power vested in me as Governor of the Virgin Islands, I am going to commute your life sentence.”

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