Murder victim's family outraged by Barbour's pardon

Published: Jan. 8, 2012 at 5:02 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A man convicted of murder, aggravated assault and burglary is being pardoned by outgoing governor Haley Barbour.

David Glenn Gatlin, an inmate trusty, has been working at the governor's mansion and is set to be released Sunday -- a move that has the victim's family members angry and in fear for their lives.

On July 2nd, 1993, Gatlin turned himself in to authorities after he admitted killing his estranged wife, Tammy Ellis Gatlin, and wounding Randy Walker.

"He has spent less time in jail than my little sister got to live," said Tiffany Ellis Brewer, the victim's sister. "And I don't know if Governor Barbour has kids, but if one of his kids were murdered, I would like to think that he would want them to be put in prison until they died or the appropriate time."

The victim's family says they believe the justice system and the victims' rights system have let them down.

Attempts to reach Governor Barbour and his staff for comment were unsuccessful.

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