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The California Supreme Court on Wednesday said Gov. Gavin Newsom can grant clemency to a man serving a life sentence for killing a woman during a 1980 robbery.
George L. Hughes is serving life without possibility of parole for the death of Mary Washington, an assistant manager at a fast food restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area city of El Cerrito.
According to court testimony, she was in her car after the restaurant closed when Hughes held her at gunpoint, drove away with her in the car, shot her and dumped her body.
Hughes also was convicted of other robberies.
The governor needs permission from at least four of the seven Supreme Court justices to grant clemency to an inmate who has more than one felony conviction.
Clemency could make Hughes eligible for parole.
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