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Judge requests death sentence be reversed

Judge Lloyd Little Judge Lloyd Little
Derrick Mason (Source: Alabama Dept. of Corrections) Derrick Mason (Source: Alabama Dept. of Corrections)

Madison County Judge Lloyd Little has requested that an inmate sentenced to die for the murder of a convenience store employee receive a different sentence.

Derrick Mason is set to be executed on Thursday, September 22nd. He was convicted of murder for the death of Angela Cagle at Circle K in March of 1994.

Judge Little sentenced Mason to death after he was found guilty. Now more than 16 years later, Judge Little says Mason should not be put to death.

Little had been on the bench for six months when Mason's case was tried. It was his first death penalty case.

Judge Little sent a letter to Governor Robert Bentley requesting that the sentence be changed from the death penalty to life without parole.

Judge Little says that after years of experience in handling capital murder cases, he feels that he should not have imposed the death penalty in Mason's case. He says it's not to undermine or lessen the severity of the crime, but compared to other cases, it's a different view.

Governor Bentley has not responded to the request.

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