Ohio Parole Board: No Mercy for Condemned Inmate

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The Ohio Parole Board is recommending against mercy for a condemned Ohio inmate who claims he’s innocent in a killing that sent him to death row.

The board voted 6-0 Wednesday opposing clemency for Mark Brown, scheduled to die Feb. 4 for killing a Youngstown convenience store owner in 1994.

Thirty-seven-year-old Brown received the death sentence for fatally shooting Isam Salman, owner of Midway Market in Youngstown. Brown also received a life sentence for the fatal shooting of store clerk Hayder Al-Turk the same night.

The death sentence involved killing two or more people during the same crime. Brown admits shooting Salman but says he’s innocent of killing Al-Turk.

The board’s recommendation goes now to Gov. Ted Strickland. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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