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Imprisoned ex-Pinal Co. manager seeks less time

The imprisoned former top administrator of Pinal County is asking a state clemency board to let him out of prison early.

Stanley Griffis was sentenced to 31/2 years in prison in April 2007 for stealing more than $400,000 in county transportation funds. He had pleaded guilty to six felony counts including theft, fraud and tax fraud and faced a maximum of 51 years in prison.

In his petition for early release, the 66-year-old says he made the plea to avoid further aggravation to his health and family, not because he was guilty. A hearing is set for Thursday.

Rick Romley prosecuted Griffis and says he believes the sentence was not severe enough. He says it is odd that Griffis is trying to argue that he was innocent when he pleaded guilty.

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