Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ohio: Commutation of Sentence

WYTV 33 reports Governor John R. Kasich has "commuted the death sentence of John Jeffrey Eley to life in prison without the possibility of parole." It is also reported that the "the prosecutor who pushed for a death sentence and a judge who handed it down" both opposed the execution. The 63-year old Eley was charged in relation to a 1986 shooting in Youngstown.

Gov. Kasich issued the following statement today:
"The murder of Ihsan Aydah was a heinous act that warrants severe punishment. In participating in the murder, John Jeffrey Eley, who has limited mental capacity, acted under the direction of another man who was later acquitted. Without those factors it is doubtful that Eley would have committed this crime. Additionally, the former Mahoning County prosecutor who tried Eley's case now regrets the way the case was handled and its outcome, and has called for clemency. The combined weight of these facts leads me to commute Eley's sentence to life in prison without parole ... Murder, under any circumstance, is an atrocious act and this decision in no way diminishes that or the actions of Eley. I pray that the family and friends of Ihsan Aydah can find peace." 
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