January 9th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

2 killers pardoned by outgoing Mississippi governor

Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned two men convicted of murder, a state official said Monday.

"David Gatlin and Joseph Ozment had received full pardons and they were released yesterday at 1 p.m.," said Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Both men were serving life sentences, she said.

The families of the men's victims told CNN affiliates WAPT and WLBT they are outraged by Barbour's decision.

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  1. Jazzy

    This is truly sad! I found this as I was researching the Negerian oil export story.

    Urban sinkhole kills Russian toddler
    An urban sinkhole that opened in the pavement swallowed a toddler in the western Russian city of Bryansk on Sunday.

    The boy was on a walk with his mother when a part of the sidewalk collapsed, BBC News reported.

    The boy's father, a traffic police officer, was working near the area at the time of the accident, and rushed to the scene in time to pull his wife out of the hole to safety.

    Tatyana Didenko, 26, had grabbed the edge of the pavement, which saved her life. The one-and-a-half year old boy, who reports are identifying as Kirill, was thrown from his stroller and fell into the sewer below.

    Remains of Kirill's clothing were found by search teams, but his body was not discovered until late Monday afternoon, 3.5 miles from where he fell in, BBC reported.

    According to emergency officials, a drainpipe below the sidewalk may have burst, pushing water through the ground and creating the hole, RT News reported.

    Bryansk regional governor Nikolai Denin told Russia 24 TV that a large part of the city's infrastructure is not in prime condition.

    "We have to start rebuilding things because otherwise this could happen again," he told the TV station, according to the BBC.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haley Barbour

      I hereby pardon the sinkhole.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi, and Osama bin-Laden

    We'll see you in Hell, Haley Barbour.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. okayyyyyy

    There are sinkholes everywhere...........?

    January 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzy

    Cold and heartless aren't we?

    January 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stanly

    if the man was convicted and the murder was witnessed why did he pardon them, they had no mental illnesses or anything and they let murders go free.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    It was in within the Governor's power to do it, and he did it.
    He doesn't have to explain it to anybody.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mathias

    This is absolutely outrageous! These men obviously committed a heinous crime, and it is disrespectful to the famlies of the victims. There is no reason why these men should be pardoned especially if one of them murdered two people! What was Barbour thinking by letting two criminals back onto the streets?

    January 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    I'd rather have that leopard running around loose.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Okay, BOMBO ©, but protect your package.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Go back and read that Genesis 3:16 again, and you may understand this mentality.
    That was a married woman who got shot in the head, by her husband. She wasn't where she ought to have been (in his castle), and in fact she was with another man, a dude named "Randy," who also got shot–just not very well.
    As an ol' Mississippi boy, I understand that the woman and the man got what was coming to 'em.
    Genesis 3:16.
    Glory be.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©



      January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    JIF is getting Old Testament on our asses.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      BOMBO ©
      JIF and I've been playing numerology.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ BOMBO:
    Don't forget my doctorate in Divinity (hc).
    bobcat (in a hatPBUH) and I have both praised the beautiful things in the South.
    However, unless you've lived down there, you really don't know what you're dealing with when you start dealing with the stupid ones.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Saoirse

    Yeah, it does seem like the pardon had a lot to do with the convicted men working at the Governor's Mansion. That's a shame. I'm sure there are others more deserving of a pardon than these two.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Oh, JIF, dearheart, there is stupid in every part of the country.

    Things that make you go HMMMMMM occur on a daily basis; most of the time we're lucky enough *not* to see it in the news!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mrs Sippy

    This is going to give us a bad name.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Emperor Norton

    I wonder what they did for Barbour to earn a full pardon.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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