Governor Spares Death Row Inmate

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For the first time since taking office, Gov. John Kasich is sparing the life of a death row inmate.(Photo: ihrigmr (Flickr))
For the first time since taking office, Gov. John Kasich is sparing the life of a death row inmate.(Photo: ihrigmr (Flickr))

For the first time since taking office, Gov. John Kasich is sparing the life of a death row inmate.

Wednesday’s ruling by the Governor follows a recent 7-0 vote of the Ohio Parole Board that death was not the appropriate sentence for Shawn Hawkins. He was convicted of a double murder in the Cincinnati area in 1989, but in its clemency report, the Board cited doubts over testimony from a key witness, the discrediting of a jailhouse informant and a lack of investigation into other possible suspects.

Kasich himself had previously expressed doubt about the case. His ruling this morning means Hawkins will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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