Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has denied 21 requests for pardons and highlighted his decisions with a news conference focusing on a case involving a pregnant teenage girl's murder in 2006

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has denied 21 requests for pardons and highlighted his decisions with a news conference focusing on a case involving a pregnant teenage girl’s murder in 2006.

Colyer announced his actions Tuesday during an event outside the Sedgwick County Courthouse with District Attorney Marc Bennett and Sheriff Jeff Easter.

One request denied by Colyer came from Everett Gentry. He is among three men serving life sentences in connection with the kidnapping and strangulation of 14-year-old Chelsea Brooks. The child she was carrying also died.

Gentry testified that he was driving the car when another defendant strangled the girl. Gentry pleaded guilty to capital murder but he was 17 when the crime occurred and received a life sentence with eligibility for parole after 25 years.