Robert Wideman Governor Commutes Sentence Of Prize-Winning Author's Brother By Associated Press • Jul 3, 2019 Courtesy of Laticia El Gov. Tom Wolf has commuted the sentence of the brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman in a 1975 killing, clearing the way for his release. In High-Profile Case, Local Man Takes Key Step Toward Release From Prison By An-Li Herring • May 30, 2019 Courtesy of Laticia El A Pittsburgh man whose case garnered national attention in the 1980s and '90s took a significant step toward freedom on Thursday. The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons voted to recommend that Gov. Tom Wolf reduce Robert Wideman’s life sentence.