Jamie Snow Among Inmates Seeking Clemency During Virus


By EDITH BRADY-LUNNY May 7, 2020

“For two decades, Jamie Snow has fought his McLean County murder conviction, but his battle with an infectious disease that has killed 12 of his fellow inmates may pose the biggest threat to his life.

Snow is serving a life sentence at Stateville Correctional Center in the death of Bill Little, a clerk who was fatally shot behind the counter of a Bloomington gas station on Easter Sunday 1991. The Exoneration Project is representing Snow in his effort.

Lawyers for the 55-year-old defendant have asked Gov. JB Pritzker to consider clemency for Snow, based upon the risk he and other inmates face from the spread of COVID-19 in the state’s prison system.

According to the Department of Corrections, more than 150 staff and 160 inmates have tested positive for the virus. Twelve inmates, all housed at Stateville, have died since March.

In an April email to WGLT, Snow described life in the Joliet facility as “some sort of B-rated horror movie.”  The arrival of the Illinois National Guard to assist with health care was a major improvement, he said.”




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