Missouri man paroled after decades in prison on murder conviction

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 11:35 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri man convicted of murdering a hitchhiker in 1977 has walked out of prison more than four years after he was granted clemency.

Michael Wayne Ford Sr.'s parents, sister and attorney met him just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Ford shook hands with guards, asked for permission to leave and waved as he left.

When he was 20, Ford was one of two men involved in the stabbing death of hitchhiker Larry Sansoucie, whose body was found in a Jefferson County well. Ford is now 52 years old.

Former Gov. Joe Teasdale represented Ford for a clemency request. Then-Gov. Bob Holden granted the request in 2004, making Ford eligible for parole. But the parole board denied his release a couple of times before letting him go Wednesday.


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