Leonard Peltier supporter says Trump pardon request 'worth the effort'

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A supporter of jailed American Indian activist Leonard Peltier says he considers President Donald Trump “a wild card” who might be willing to look into setting Peltier free.

The 73-year-old Peltier has spent most of his life in prison for the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota.

In 1977, Peltier was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms in the shooting deaths of the agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

President Barack Obama denied a clemency request for Peltier before leaving office last year.

A Peltier attorney has filed a formal request asking Trump to grant a pardon or commute Peltier’s sentence.

Paralegal Sheridan Murphy said “it’s certainly worth the effort” because “you have no idea” what Trump will do.

Murphy says Peltier is in poor health and wants to go home to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

The White House declined comment.