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Joe Arridy, Disabled Man Executed In 1939, Granted Posthumous Pardon By Colorado Governor

Joe Arridy, Disabled Man Executed In 1939, Granted Posthumous Pardon By Colorado Governor

DENVER — A mentally disabled man executed more than 70 years ago has been pardoned in Colorado.

Outgoing Gov. Bill Ritter on Friday awarded a posthumous pardon to 23-year-old Joe Arridy, who was executed in 1939 by lethal gas after being convicted of killing a Pueblo girl with a hatchet.

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