- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted a conditional pardon that will allow a Virginia inmate to get treatment for his autism.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor signed the pardon Tuesday, clearing the way for Reginald Latson’s transfer to a secure treatment center in Florida.

The Stafford County man was sentenced earlier this month to six months in jail for assaulting a correctional officer, one of three clashes he has had with law enforcement since 2010. He’s been jailed twice and held for long periods in solitary confinement. The 23-year-old Latson’s supporters attribute the incidents to an autism-related “fight or flight” reflex.

In a petition last week, attorneys said it’s wrong to keep Latson locked up for his disabilities. Mental health and civil liberties advocates supported the pardon request.


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