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Wisconsin governor rejects pardon bid for subject of 'Making a Murderer'

The story of Brendan Dassey, convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager, was documented in the 2015 Netflix series 'Making a Murderer.'
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FILE - In this April 16, 2007, file photo, Brendan Dassey appears in court at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wis. Dassey, the man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series "Making a Murderer," is asking Wisconsin's governor for a pardon. Attorneys for Dassey said Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, that they are petitioning Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for either a pardon or a commutation of his life prison sentence. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent, Pool, File)

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he will not consider a pardon request from a man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager, and whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” 

A letter released Friday says the request from Brendan Dassey filed in October does not meet the criteria for a pardon consideration because he has not completed his prison sentence and he is a required to register as a sex offender. 

Advocates have been clamoring for Dassey to be freed but ran out of options in the courts after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his latest appeal.

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