LAKE CHARLES, LA: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has pardoned 44 inmates all across the state including three convicted murderers from Calcasieu Parish.  We have all the details.

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Edwards is nearing the end of his term as Louisiana governor. It's customary for lame-duck governors to tie up loose ends before they leave office, and more times than not that means also issuing pardons to state inmates.

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KEEL News requested a list of all the inmates that Edwards pardoned or gave a commutation of sentence during his final three months in office. The list they got only goes through to December 13.  They said that there is no mention of if the governor intends to pardon more inmates before he leaves office.

The list includes 34 convicted murderers including three from Calcasieu Parish:

  • Herbert James Fuselier - Calcasieu - Second Degree Murder
  • David Wade Foy - Calcasieu - Murder
  • Darrell Sterling - Calcasieu - Second Degree Murder
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The only information I could find about the cases of these three convicts is of David Wade Foy. The website Justia US Law states:

On September 9, 1972, David Wade Foy, an inmate of the Louisiana Correctional Institute, escaped from a work crew near Lake Charles. He entered a residence and changed clothes. When an occupant of the residence returned, he fled, leaving his prison garb behind. A short time later, Sylvester Keller, the operator of Pat's Garage, was found dead and his personal car missing. Police investigation connected Foy with the homicide. The State's theory was that the defendant stabbed Keller in the course of an armed robbery.

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I could be wrong, but with the lack of information from my Google searches, and with the information that I did get about Foy's case happening in 1972, I believe all these guys have been in the state prison system for a long time way before the internet was a thing.

To see the complete list of all 44 prisoners that Governor John Bel Edwards has pardoned in the last three months, click here.

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