Split Parole Board Rejects Mercy For Ohio Killer

Ohio Governor John Kasich will make final decision on fate of death row inmate after split vote by parole board.(Photo: ihrigmr (Flickr))
Ohio Governor John Kasich will make final decision on fate of death row inmate after split vote by parole board.(Photo: ihrigmr (Flickr))

A divided Ohio Parole Board has rejected mercy for the condemned killer of a Youngstown store owner scheduled to die next month.

John Eley would be the second person put to death in Ohio following the end of an unofficial six-month moratorium on executions.

Eley has the support of both the former prosecutor who charged him with a capital crime and one of the judges who sentenced him to death.

The parole board voted 5-3 Wednesday against recommending clemency for the 63-year-old Eley, who received the death sentence for the 1986 shooting of Ihsan Aydah

Gov. John Kasich has the final say.

Eley’s supporters say his co-conspirator master-minded the robbery and was considered the true culprit.

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