The Nebraska Board of Pardons has declined to commute the sentence of a convicted rapist who has tried to get DNA testing in hopes of proving his innocence.
The pardons board voted 3-0 Monday to deny the commutation
request of Juneal Pratt, who has been incarcerated since 1975 for
the rape of two Iowa sisters in Omaha.
Pratt has won support from the Nebraska Innocence Project, which
argued that he will undergo a planned outpatient treatment program
if released, even though he maintains his innocence. Board members
declined the request. The Department of Correctional Services has
not approved the proposed treatment program.
A Douglas County judge ruled earlier this year that results from
a DNA test would be inconclusive because of the way the DNA
evidence was stored.