Conn. Governor Commutes Lobster's Lunch Sentence

July 26, 2012 - 8:35 AM

Lucky Lobster

In this Tuesday July 24, 2012 still frame from video, Kristen Eighme, manager of The Dock Restaurant, hands over 17-pound Lucky Larry the lobster to Steve Wilson in Waterford, Conn. Wilson and Don MacKenzie, who purchased the lobster at the restaurant, later took Larry to an undisclosed location and released it in Long Island Sound. (AP Photo/Alex Nunes, The Day) MANDATORY CREDIT: ALEX NUNES, THE DAY

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A 15-pound lobster facing a sentence of lunch has received a pardon from Connecticut's governor.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/M9EUM2 ) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was visiting tourist attractions in southeastern Connecticut when he issued the impromptu pardon at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough restaurant in Noank.

The governor then released the crustacean into the Mystic River.

The move came a day after a Niantic man bought a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford restaurant and released it back into Long Island Sound.

Randy Fiveash, the state's tourism director, compared the governor's action to the president's annual pardon of a turkey on Thanksgiving.

Malloy has been visiting tourist spots across the state after launching a two-year, $27 million campaign earlier this year to promote the industry.

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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com