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16-YEAR-OLD INMATE’S PLEA TO DIE AT HOME IS DENIED

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Gov. James J. Blanchard Friday denied a request that he commute the prison sentence of a 16-year-old repeat offender with terminal cancer who wanted to be released from a prison hospital to die at home.

The governor received a formal commutation request for Alan Rogers Jr., who is being treated at the Duane Waters Prison Hospital in Jackson, Mich., and responded Friday with a letter to Rogers' attorney, Corrections Department spokesman Leo LaLonde said."The governor's office reviewed the request for commutation and the decision is to deny the request," the letter said.

LaLonde said the Corrections Department will "allow unlimited access by parents."