Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour pardoned nearly 200 people from prison before leaving office. One of those people was Joseph Ozment.
Ozment, along with three other men, robbed and killed Desoto County resident Ricky Montgomery in December of 1992.
Montgomery's nephew, Mark McAbee, told abc24.com , "He took something away from me that can't be brought back. It can't be pardoned back. Parole boards are there for a reason. Why can one man pardon someone free and clear?"
Desoto County District Attorney John Champion isn't pleased with Barbour's decision. "I was very surprised and very disappointed," Champion said. "There are some crimes that I'm of the opinion of that can't be forgiven by a pardon and this is one of them."
Champion recalls the day Ozment and his crew took Montgomery's life. "(Montgomery) was shot by one of the co-defendants then as he was crawling on the floor toward Mr. Ozment, Mr. Ozment shot him as well."