Family: VA Gov. grants clemency to sick inmate after NBC12 report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond family is thankful after Governor Terry McAuliffe granted medical clemency to a state prisoner bedridden with lung cancer.

Jason Scott Davis has eight months left to serve, but his family, his prison doctor and a VCU Medical Center physician says he may not live that long. The family believes Governor McAuliffe approved the request after the report by NBC12's Diane Walker.

Jason's father said his son had a big grin on his face, he gave a thumbs up, and thanked us for telling his story. Jason is dying of lung cancer, which his family says has spread to every part of his body, except his brain. He learned he had cancer while in jail for assault and battery on a family member, a third offense.

Upon hearing news of his early release, the family says they had a mini celebration.

Jason could go home as early as Thursday.  The Powhatan prison staff is still working out the details of at-home hospice care for the dying inmate.

The governor approved an act of grace exempting Davis from further punishment. Charlie Davis, Jason's dad, told Diane Walker over the phone Wednesday afternoon: "I'm still heartbroken. I'm still losing my son, but we're blessed he will be surrounded by family when he passes."

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