Lawyers say Smith is a changed man
HELENA — Lawyers for the only Canadian on death row in the United States told the Montana Parole Board on Wednesday that he deserves clemency because he is a changed man who deserves to live.
Ronald A. Smith of Red Deer, Alberta, is asking board members for a recommendation that the governor commute his death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His lawyers want them to look beyond the horrific murders of two cousins in 1983.
The board said it expects to issue its findings in three weeks, although there is no time limit for a final decision from Gov. Brian Schwe...