Judge Commutes Sentence of Philly Cop Killer Edward Bracey

Won’t get death penalty.

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Edward Bracey, who killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Boyle in 1991, has had his death sentence commuted. Here’s why

[The judge wrote that] Bracey had established that his intelligence quotient was 74, and that he possesses ” ‘major deficiencies’ in adaptive behavior, as demonstrated by his significant limitations in, at least, (1) communication, (2) functional academics, (3) self-direction, and (4) social/interpersonal skills. “

District Attorney Seth Williams was displeased, as was Boyle’s family, as were a whole of of other law enforcement officials around the city. (Several experts testified in 1993 that Bracey was not mentally retarded.) The district attorney’s office may appeal the ruling.


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