Hours Before Scheduled Execution, Jimmy Meders is Granted Clemency

We are overjoyed that at 1:00 pm yesterday, a mere 6 hours before he was scheduled to be executed, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles granted clemency to our client, Jimmy Meders, converting his death sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

“Words cannot adequately convey our relief and gratitude for this reprieve for our client and friend,” said SCHR Executive Director Sara Totonchi. “As we celebrate Jimmy’s life, we also honor the life of Don Anderson, and his family, who have mourned him for the last thirty years.”

In the words of Mr. Meders’s attorney, Mike Admirand: “We are deeply grateful for the Board’s decision to commute Jimmy Meders’s death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The board’s critically important role in showing mercy in these rare circumstances cannot be overstated. By taking this action, this parole board has made real the intent of the jury to sentence Jimmy to life without parole, and not death. “