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Ohio Parole Board Recommends Mercy For Death Row Inmate.
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The Ohio Parole Board has recommended clemency for a condemned inmate scheduled to die next month, a rare gesture of mercy from the panel. According to a copy of the decision obtained by The Associated Press, the board ruled 4-3 on Tuesday in favor of clemency for Richard Nields (neeldz), sentenced to die June 10.
The board questioned the validity of medical evidence used at Nields’ trial that helped support a death sentence.
The ruling is only a recommendation for Gov. Ted Strickland, who has the final say. Strickland last year rejected a ruling by the board to grant clemency to a condemned inmate whose coconspirators did not receive death sentences.
The 59-year-old Nields killed Patricia Newsome during a 1997 argument in suburban Cincinnati.