Kentucky's outgoing governor Republican Ernie Fletcher was busy on his last day in office Dec. 11.
He pardoned more than 80 people and commuted the sentences of three people convicted of murder.
One of them was a western Kentucky lawmaker's son.
Harrison Yonts was convicted on a wanton murder charge in February.
Prosecutors said Yonts' vehicle struck and killed Murray State University graduate student Nadia Shaheen.
Fletcher's legal counsel says under the commutation, Yonts will have to serve only eight years.
He'd been sentenced to 20 years and wouldn't have received parole until he'd served 17.
Fletcher says he considered Yonts' age and the number of letters he'd received about him.
Yonts is the son of Democratic State Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville.