Cabinet Commutes Burlar’s Life Term – The Ledger.com

Posted: October 16, 2010 in News and politics

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Florida Cabinet Commutes Burglar’s Life Term

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:44 p.m.

A Florida man who has served nearly 25 years of a life sentence for breaking into a restaurant is being freed.

Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet on Thursday agreed to commute Clyde Bunkley’s sentence.

Bunkley received the harsh sentence because he was carrying a pocketknife, and Florida law permits a life term for burglary committed with a "dangerous weapon."

It was handed down despite the fact that the restaurant was unoccupied and Bunkley never used the knife.

Attorney General Bill McCollum and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson argued that 25 years was more than enough for a nonviolent crime.

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink dissented, saying she would have permitted Bunkley instead to seek parole.

This story appeared in print on page B4

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