ARIZONA JUSTICE PROJECT CLIENT, DOYLE WILLIAMS, GRANTED CLEMENCY AFTER 50 YEARS IN PRISON
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Justice Project client, Doyle Williams, who has served over 50 years in prison, was granted commutation of sentence on the eve of Thanksgiving by Governor Ducey.
In 1969, Doyle and another man were charged with murder. Doyle was convicted and given an indeterminate life sentence. Doyle’s co-defendant pled guilty, was sentenced to ten years, and was released after serving three years. In 1999, just one year after the Arizona Justice Project was founded, Doyle contacted the Project for help with his case. Project lawyers and students worked to track down evidence and case records. Due to the age of the case, documents and evidence could no longer be found. Because Doyle’s appeals had been exhausted, it became clear that his only avenue for release would be through executive clemency – an act of mercy by the Governor.
In July 2019, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency recommended commutation to Doyle based on his blemish-less prison record, his vast support system, and recognized the number of years Doyle has served.
Today, Governor Ducey exercised that act of mercy in granting commutation to Doyle Williams. His sentenced was commuted from indeterminate “life” to “45 years to life.” The Justice Project is grateful to Governor Ducey and his staff for its careful consideration of Doyle’s case and in exercising discretion to grant his request for commutation.
On a legal call with Project lawyers this morning, Doyle had this to say, “All these years I kept faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you all stood by me through this journey. I thank Governor Ducey for showing mercy and giving me a chance to go back to my family.”