Governor to commute abuse victim’s sentence

Posted Sept. 22, 2008, at 3:27 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. John Baldacci, in his first such act since taking office in 2003, has decided to commute the sentence of a Hancock woman who went to prison for 17 years in 1997 for fatally shooting her father.

Carol Graves, who was then 36, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Graves told police she shot her 71-year-old father, Douglas Graves, on May 14, 1996, after he brandished a hunting knife in his mobile home on Route 1 in Ellsworth.

Baldacci’s office said Graves had been severely physically, emotionally and sexually abused by her father from the age of 5 and at the time of the killing was suicidal.

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