Governor Newsom is commuting the verdict of a man convicted in 1987 of the murder of a gas station worker in Bakersfield
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGET) – Governor Gavin Newsom has commuted convicted murderer Steven Bradley’s sentence. Bradley was convicted of the murder of a gas station worker in Bakersfield in 1987.
The conversion of Bradley’s verdict, one of 21 converted convictions and five pardons announced by Newsom’s office on Friday night, allows Bradley to appear before a parole board to determine if he is eligible for prison release is.
Bradley was convicted of the murder of Claude Baker, the gas station attendant, in 1987. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988 and served 32 years of his sentence.
In the pardon, Newsom says Bradley has expressed “sincere repentance” for his crime and “dedicated himself to rehabilitation.” Newsom notes that Bradley has received praise from prison staff for his good work ethic and diligence.
In the early hours of September 7, 1987, Bradley stopped at a Shell gas station on White Lane where he was confronted by Baker.
Witnesses said Baker and Bradley fought over a shotgun, and Bradley shot Baker twice while trying to get away. Bradley then took around $ 350 from the cash register before escaping into a vehicle and leading the police on a high-speed chase.
Bradley was 24 years old at the time of Baker’s murder and is now 56 years old.
Newsom also reversed the verdict of Richard Flowers, who was sentenced to life without parole for the 1994 murder of a Tulare County woman.
The governor’s office said the grace grants were in progress ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.