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Oregon governor denies clemency to state's oldest death row inmate

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has denied clemency to the state’s oldest death row inmate.

Mark Pinnell, 67, has been on death row since 1988. He suffers from chronic pulmonary disease and his lawyers want him to spend his final days in hospice instead of prison.

The governor, however, wouldn’t grant that request.

His former sister-in-law Ronnie Stauffer told FOX 12 she doesn’t mince words when it comes to Pinnell.

“If he’s sick and in pain, they have an infirmary. He can stay where he’s at," she said. 

Her sister was married to Pinnell for a few years in the late 1970s, a marriage she says ruined her sister.

Last week Pinnell's attorneys sent a letter to Brown asking for clemency. The governor’s office denied that request and in a statement said, “Mr. Pinnell is receiving care from Oregon Department of Corrections staff who will continue to treat him with humanity and compassion.”

Stauffer said he went to prison for murder, and he’s on death row for a reason.

“I’m happy, he doesn’t deserve to be let out, he ruined a lot of people’s lives, hurt my family's lives," she said. "I’m not sorry that he’s sick. He can stay and live his final days there."

Pinnell’s lawyers don’t know how much longer he has to live, but last week said they anticipated he only had days left.

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