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Judge commutes death sentence to life in prison for John Patrick HenrettaTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS First Posted: September 20, 2013 - 1:01 pm Last Updated: September 20, 2013 - 1:04 pmCLEVELAND, Tennessee -- A judge has commuted the sentence for a death row inmate to life in prison.The Cleveland Daily Banner (http://bit.ly/1gIpVBM) reports the Judge Jon Blackwood granted the request during a hearing in August for John Patrick Henretta.The judge cited Henretta's health as the reason for his decision. At age 70, Henretta had been the state's oldest death row inmate.Henretta was convicted in 1988 of murder in the death of Bradley County resident Frances Rose Crabtree."The Court concludes that Mr. Henretta's health is such that death is imminent. Simply put, the petitioner will not survive to the end of these post-conviction proceedings," the judge wrote in his order.A physician who testified at the hearing said Henretta had severe liver issues, Hepatitis C and other health issues."According to Dr. (Murray) Smith's report, the petitioner has a history of numerous health issues, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and both skin and prostate cancer," the court order stated.The Tennessee Department of Corrections said Henretta will serve out his sentence at the Bledsoe Correctional Complex.www.clevelandbanner.comWell he may be headed to "Inmates Removed From Death Row" but he's going to rot from the inside out while there.