Lawyers for Oklahoma death row inmate Benjamin Cole file petition for clemency

The petition asks the Pardon and Parole Board and Gov. Kevin Stitt to grant Cole clemency and commute his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

The clemency petition describes Cole as “a frail, 57-year-old man with a damaged and deteriorating brain, suffering from progressive and severe mental illness who poses no threat to anyone in any way.”

Cole’s legal team said he has a growing lesion on his brain in an area associated with paranoid schizophrenia and also manifests symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

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