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Canadian on Montana Death Row Says He’s Changed

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A Canadian awaiting execution in Montana for killing two men in 1982 says he thinks there is a good chance the governor will spare his life.

Ronald A. Smith of Red Deer, Alberta, is asking for life in prison instead of the death penalty.

Smith has exhausted his legal appeals. He says leniency from Gov. Brian Schweitzer is his only remaining option to avoid the death penalty, and he believes the governor will recognize that he is a changed man.

The Canadian government also now formally supports clemency for Smith.

Smith was 24 when he robbed and shot two men who offered him a ride.

He says he looks back on that killing with deep regret.

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