Gov. Jay Nixon has denied a petition for clemency from Joseph Franklin. Franklin was sentenced by a jury to receive the ultimate punishment for committing merciless acts of violence, fueled by hate. In October 1977, Franklin fired five shots at a group of worshipers leaving a synagogue in Richmond Heights, killing Gerald Gordon and wounding Steven Goldman and William Ash. Nixon says this cowardly and calculated shooting was only one of many senseless acts of extreme violence that Franklin, motivated by racial and religious intolerance, committed against numerous victims across the country from Tennessee and Ohio to Utah and Wisconsin.