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Updated Aug 23, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Former Arizona clemency boss leaves job after favor for ex-Sun Amare Stoudemire

PHOENIX — Records show the former head of the Arizona Board of Executive
Clemency voted to consider commuting the sentence of NBA player Amare
Stoudemire’s half-brother after developing a personal relationship with the New
York Knicks player.

Jesse Hernandez resigned last week after an internal investigation concluded he
repeatedly committed inappropriate behavior toward employees and also promoted a
woman he was dating.

The records also show Hernandez bragged of befriending Stoudemire and receiving
game tickets.

The investigation was completed a week before the commutation vote.

Stoudemire’s half-brother, Marwan Williams, was sentenced in Marciopa County Superior Court to 9 1/2 years in prison in 2009 on armed-robbery charges.

The vote was first reported by The Arizona Republic. Gov. Jan Brewer’s
spokesman said her staff reviewed the report as quickly as possible before
meeting with Hernandez.


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