Faith Leaders Want Mercy For Ohio Death Row Inmate

Religious leaders work to stop the April 18th execution in Ohio of 49 year old Mark Wiles.(Photo: S. Falcow (Flickr))
Religious leaders work to stop the April 18th execution in Ohio of 49 year old Mark Wiles.(Photo: S. Falcow (Flickr))

More than 200 religious leaders are asking Ohio Governor John Kasich to spare a man scheduled for execution next week for fatally stabbing a 15-year-old boy during a farmhouse burglary.

Ohioans to Stop Executions and People of Faith Against the Death Penalty say they submitted a Monday letter to Kasich on behalf of about 230 faith leaders. They ask that the sentence of 49-year-old Mark Wiles be commuted to life in prison without parole.

The Ohio parole board has recommended against clemency.

Wiles’ attorney says he’s remorseful and has accepted responsibility for his actions in the 1985 slaying in Portage County.

The April 18 execution would be Ohio’s first in six months after a federal judge ruled the state narrowly demonstrated it’s serious about following its lethal injection procedures.

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