Parole Board will meet to consider clemency for Marion Wilson, Jr.

June 12, 2019
ATLANTA - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, June 19, 2019, to consider clemency for condemned inmate Marion Wilson, Jr. The only purpose of this meeting is to receive information for or against clemency for Wilson. The Board’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
 
The Superior Court of Baldwin County has ordered the execution of Wilson for the 1996 murder of Donovan Corey Parks. The Georgia Department of Corrections has scheduled the execution to take place on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
 
Wilson was convicted in Baldwin County of murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. He was sentenced to death on November 7, 1997. The United States Supreme Court denied Wilson’s request to appeal on May 28, 2019.
 
In Georgia, the Parole Board has the sole constitutional authority to grant clemency and commute, or reduce a death sentence to life with the possibility of parole or to life without the possibility of parole. Following the meeting, the Board may commute the sentence, issue a stay of up to 90-days, or deny clemency.
 
The Board maintains a comprehensive file on each death row inmate to include criminal history and the circumstances of the crime that was committed resulting in the death sentence.
 
The meeting will take place at the Parole Board’s central office in the East Tower of the Floyd Veterans Memorial Building located at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, S.E. It is anticipated that the meeting will be closed as authorized by O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3 (a)(2). No public comment will be taken at this meeting and no other business will be conducted.
 
Media advisory:
Media may take photographs in the Board room before the meeting is closed. Media should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to be cleared by building security on the Plaza Level. Media should proceed to check in with credentials in the Board’s public reception office on the 4th Floor, room 458. Following the meeting, media will be given an opportunity to interview persons appearing before the Board, should they grant interviews. 
 
To view a photo of Marion Wilson, Jr., go to www.gdc.georgia.gov, click on Find an Offender, agree to the terms on the disclaimer page and search by the offender’s EF number, 384422.
 
For more information please contact Steve Hayes, Communications Director, at 404-657-9450 or steve.hayes@pap.ga.gov or visit our website at www.pap.georgia.gov.
 
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