Convicted murderer Patrick Maloney granted clemency, begins new life

PHOENIX - Patrick Maloney has been in jail since he was 15 years old. The 65-year-old grew up in a cell, behind the barbed wire fence of Arizona’s Department of Corrections.

He was convicted of killing his mom and step dad after they were found dead inside a motel room on Van Buren Street in Phoenix.

"I have remorse over everything. I don't say that I don't. But what's happened, happened. And you can't change that," Maloney told ABC15 on Monday.

He was sentenced to life in prison, but has spent years hoping for a second chance to change his life.

Maloney has asked five different Arizona governors to reduce his sentence, but it wasn’t until Gov. Brewer that his request was granted.

"Sooner or later, I would have the opportunity to be free again," said Maloney.

So he waited patiently.

"Every day was a new day, you just had to keep going," Maloney said.

And it wasn’t until March 20 did his dream come true. He was released after Gov. Brewer granted him clemency. He was released on parole.

“I want to give myself the life I never had,” Maloney  said.

Fifteen years into Maloney’s sentence, he found love, meeting a woman while doing prison volunteer work.

He says they fell in love and were married.

“I asked her to marry me at the Phoenix Municipal Park,” Maloney said.

Maloney says it was his wife who gave him faith to believe in second chances.

Maloney’s wife lost her battle with cancer 11 years later. He was given two hours to say goodbye.

"We both knew she was dying. She said when I get out, try to start all over again and that's basically what I did," Maloney said.

Maloney says he understands that many might question the release of a convicted killer.

"I believe everyone deserves a second chance, it's a matter of analysis on whether or not a person deserves that chance," he said.

Governor Brewer decided Maloney deserves that chance.

"I'm going to do everything in my power to show her she was right."

Maloney took a lot of college level classes while he was serving his time.

He’s hoping to find a stable job, further his education, and even find love again.

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