George Ryan
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"George Homer Ryan, Sr." was the Governor of Illinois/39th Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. He was a member of the Republican Party. Ryan received national attention for his 1999 moratorium on executions in Illinois and for commuting more than 160 death sentences to life sentences in 2003. He was convicted of federal corruption charges after leaving office and spent over five years in federal prison. Ryan then served seven months of home confinement. He was released from federal prison on July 3, 2013.

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