Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman has voted to free a murderer who killed someone with garden shears and hired a hitman to kill his accomplice.
The shocking story, reported by the Washington Free Beacon, explains that Fetterman voted to free the criminal in 2019 when he was lieutenant governor.
Charles Goldblum has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering a man with a pair of garden shears in a Pittsburgh parking lot. Goldblum also hired a hitman to kill his accomplice, a key witness to the crime.
The murder, which was part of an insurance fraud cover, took place in 1976, when Goldblum and his accomplice Clarence Miller lured their victim, George Wilhelm, into a parking lot. Once in the garage, Goldblum stabbed Wilhelm 26 times. While out on bail, Goldblum attempted to hire a hitman to kill Miller.
Goldblum, who maintained his innocence, faced death in prison after making seven unsuccessful pleas for mercy. But in 2019, against the wishes of Wilhelm’s family, Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons – which Fetterman chairs – voted overwhelmingly to release Goldblum from prison.
The council argued in favor of the decision, saying the prosecutor and the judge had concluded that Goldblum was not the main attacker but rather an accomplice. In 2007, however, a federal appeals court wrote “there is simply too much evidence here establishing Goldblum’s guilt” when it denied a Goldblum request for an evidentiary hearing. Meanwhile, no one disputed that Goldblum tried to hire a hitman.
Goldblum was released from prison last year, prompting Fetterman to say he was “happy to be home to his family.” He also claimed Goldblum was “not a threat to public safety.”
Commuting Goldblum’s sentence was one part of Fetterman’s promise to release more prisoners and transform the state’s clemency process.
Fetterman campaign spokesman Joe Calvello told the Washington Free Beacon that “Goldblum was wrongfully convicted and that is why John, along with all other members of the Board of Pardons, voted to recommend clemency. .”
While awaiting trial, Goldblum plotted to have Miller killed, as he was to testify against Goldblum according to a 1976 report for the Pittsburgh Press. The convicted murderer agreed to pay an undercover detective $2,000 to kill Miller.
Wilhelm’s niece, Sandra Horton, told the Pennsylvania Capital Star: “We thought [his life sentence] would be just that – a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and that he would be forced to accept his part in George’s brutal death.
Goldblum isn’t the only criminal Fetterman has voted free. Last year, the Senate hopeful voted to release Wayne Covington, who pleaded guilty to killing a man for money so he could buy heroin.
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