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22-3705. Commutation of sentence, reduction of penalty; restrictions. (a) The governor may, when the governor deems it proper or advisable, commute a sentence in any criminal case by reducing the penalty as follows:

(1) If the sentence is death, to imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole and not to any lesser sentence;

(2) except as provided in subsection (b), if the sentence is to imprisonment, by reducing the duration of such imprisonment;

(3) if the sentence is a fine, by reducing the amount thereof; or

(4) if the sentence is both imprisonment and fine, by reducing either or both.

(b) The governor shall not commute a sentence of life without possibility of parole.

History: L. 1970, ch. 129, § 22-3705; L. 2014, ch. 114, § 7; July 1.

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