Janet Danahey Wants Clemency In Fire That Caused 4 Deaths

11:32 AM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- A woman serving life without parole after pleading guilty now wants the clemency.

Janet Danahey, was charged in 2002 with setting a fire at the Campus Walk apartment complex that resulted in four deaths when the fire burned out of control.

She told investigators that she did it as a prank to her ex-boyfriend. The District Attorney's Office charged her with First Degree Murder.

Danahey pleaded guilty under the NC's Felony Murder Rule and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The felony murder rule allows someone to plead to murder even when they didn't intend to kill a person.

Danahey would have faced the death penalty had the case gone to a jury trial. The four people killed in the fire Donna and Rachel Llewelyn, Beth Harris and Ryan Bek.

Felony Murder Rule Explainer

Wednesday, WFMY News 2 confirmed from Locke Clifford that a he and Wade Smith had filed a petition with Governor's Perdue Clemency Office on behalf of Janet Danahey. Clifford had no other comment, but did say the decision will be made by the clemency office.

Copy of Petition


WFMY News 2

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