“After examining this case in detail with counsel I agree with Chief Justice Moyer, the National Association of Mental Illness and the Parole Board’s unanimous 8-0 decision that considering Joseph Murphy’s brutally abusive upbringing and the relatively young age at which he committed this terrible crime, the death penalty is not appropriate in this case. Thus, I have commuted his sentence to life in prison with no chance for parole. I pray for peace for all who have been impacted by this crime.”Last week, the State's Parole Board voted unanimously to recommend clemency. The board was also influenced by the fact that the sentencing option of life without the possibility of parole was not available when Murphy was convicted. A county prosecutor and the State's Attorney General opposed clemency. See story here.
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Columbus Dispatch reports Gov. John Kasich has commuted the death sentence of 46-year old Joseph Murphy to life in prison with no chance of parole. Says Kasich: