Outrage after Kentucky governor pardons 428 convicted felons

Several lawmakers want an investigation into Matt Bevin’s pardons, which include releasing a man convicted of raping a child and a man who fatally shot another in front of his wife.
1:38 | 12/14/19

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concern after Matt bevin issued more than 400 pardons and commutations on the way out. Here's linsey Davis. Reporter: In sharp contrast to the hugs and applause for outgoing Kentucky governor Matt bevin -- We truly do live in the greatest nation. Reporter: Outrage tonight because as he is walking out of office, hundreds of convicted felons are walking out of prison some of which violent offenders. Among bevin's 428 pardons, Micah Schoettle, who'd been Micah Schoettle, who'd been convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl. Fear, anger, rage confusion. Reporter: That child's mother, who did not want to be identified, says she struggled to tell her daughter. It was like we were living it all over again. Reporter: But bevin said he didn't believe the victim's accusations were true. Also pardoned, Patrick baker, who shot and killed a man in front of his wife. While the accomplices remain behind bars, baker, whose family raised more than $20,000 for bevin's campaign, is now free. The governor seen here at a fundraiser hosted by baker's brother. In the pardoning document, bevin wrote the evidence against baker was "Sketchy at best." Several Kentucky lawmakers now are calling on the incoming attorney general to investigate the pardons. Bevin tweeted today, saying among other things, America is a country based on a belief of redemption. Thank you. And next to the backlash

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