James Wasson Jr., 61, has been in prison since July of 1996 after he shot his wife, Amy Wasson in the body and face with a .22-caliber revolver outside what was then the Muskogee Farm and Ranch store, now Orschelin, in 1995.
He shot her on June 30 of that year three times after asking her “How would you like to die today?” The last shot was directly in her face as she lay on the ground from the first two shots.
He was sentenced to 90 years in prison for attempted murder.
Today, the pardon and parole board, stating that Wasson is a model prisoner, has recommended he be released from custody to make room for more prisoners.
According to officials involved in the case, the victim was lucky to survive the shooting. Current Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge has filed opposition letters with the office of the governor, opposed to commuting Wasson’s sentence.
“The jury verdict was clear that he should never be a free man,” Loge said today. “The victim has a legitimate fear of him ever being released; her only satisfaction of peace each and every day is knowing that he is behind bars.”
Governor Kevin Stitt will decide whether to follow the recommendation to commute the sentence, which would free Wasson. His office has not returned calls for comment.