HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf has commuted the life sentences of 13 PA inmates, clearing the way for their release to halfway houses. Wolf said they had all been unanimously recommended by the Board of Pardons. All 13 had been convicted of first or second-degree murder. Nine are from Philadelphia, three are from Allegheny County, and one is from Lancaster. The inmate from Lancaster was 83-year-old George Burkhardt, who served 30 years for second degree murder. Burkhardt was convicted of conspiring with three others to rob an elderly Lancaster couple, Horace and Mary Swarr, in 1979. Wolf says he believes the inmates deserve a second chance.

GOV. TOM WOLF