State Corrections Department spokeswoman Sue McNaughton, who has kept records on death-row prisoners since 1985, said Wednesday 184 inmates have left death row in that time. That's an average of about seven per year.
The largest proportion — 133 inmates — were resentenced to life imprisonment. That's what condemned killer Terrance Williams is seeking in court and from the governor as Williams' Oct. 3 execution date draws near.
McNaughton says 12 other former death-row inmates were resentenced to other penalties and nine death sentences were vacated.
Twenty-four death-row inmates died of natural causes, three committed suicide and three were executed.
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