Clemency hearing set for only female death row inmate in Georgia, who's set to die in 2 weeks

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ATLANTA — The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for the only female death row inmate in Georgia, who is set to be executed later this month.

The board said in a statement Tuesday that the clemency hearing for Kelly Renee Gissendaner will be held Feb. 24. Gissendaner is set to die Feb. 25 at the state prison in Jackson.

Gissendaner was convicted of plotting with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kill her husband and collect on the couple's two life-insurance policies. Owen pleaded guilty and received a life prison sentence.

If the execution happens, Gissendaner will be the first woman executed in Georgia since 1945.

The Parole Board is the only entity in Georgia with the authority to reduce a death sentence to life without parole.

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