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      Branstad denies 18 applications for commutation

      Gov. Terry Branstad has denied the applications of 18 inmates seeking commutation.

      The governor made the announcement Thursday in a news release.

      The individuals seeking commutation are serving different sentences, including life in prison. Some have been convicted of crimes like first-degree murder. Other convictions involve kidnapping and robbery.

      The inmates range in age from 24 to 66. The governor did not provide any other details about his decision.