By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has denied three Iowa inmates’ requests to change their life sentences.

Branstad’s office said Wednesday that the governor denied the applications for commutation for 53-year-old Bruce A. Hatter, 54-year-old Fred L. Ruble and 51-year-old Gary A. Winnett. Branstad did not release additional information about his decision.

Hatter and Ruble are serving life sentences for first-degree kidnapping convictions. Winnett is serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction. Each man was convicted for crimes committed in the 1980s.

The inmates’ sentences include no possibility of parole and they were seeking to lessen that. In 2013, Branstad commuted the life sentence of Rasberry Williams, an Iowa inmate convicted of killing his neighbor. The move allowed Williams to seek parole, which was granted in 2014.

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