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Cancer-Stricken Inmate Denied Early Release

Judge shoots down request for clemency.



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    A Riverside Superior Court Judge on Tuesday denied the release of an inmate who is suffering from brain cancer.

    Patricia Wright is serving life in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the 1981 death of her estranged husband.

    A few years later, Wright was charged with two felonies for the theft of two 99-cent toys, even though the toys were actually taken by her 7-year-old son.

    Wright’s family attempted Tuesday to get the theft charges dropped to misdemeanors, which would’ve enabled her to be released on probation.  Clemency cannot be granted for felons with three felony strikes.

    Wright is currently being held at the California State Woman’s Facility at Chowchilla.

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