Kasich grants clemency to Death Row inmate

from: Cincinnati.com

By Mark Curnutte, June 8, 2011
Shawn Hawkins was admitted to Ohio’s death row on Feb. 1, 1990.

On Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich commuted the death sentence of the Springfield Township man, who was scheduled to be executed Tuesday, to life in prison without parole.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

Kasich signed the warrant of commutation and released the following statement:

“There is no doubt that the defendant played a significant, material role in this heinous crime, but precise details of that role are frustratingly unclear to the point that Ohio shouldn’t deliver the ultimate penalty in this case. Therefore, I am ordering that he spend the rest of his life in prison and have no chance of ever getting out.

“As someone who has experienced sudden and tragic loss, I know the pain that comes with losing loved ones. My prayers go out to the families of Diamond Marteen and Terrance Richard in the hope that they may find peace.”

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