Board Rejects Clemency For Condemned Ohio Killer

3 years 7 months 1 week ago July 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013 Tuesday, July 16 2013 Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:35:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's parole board has rejected clemency for a condemned Cleveland killer despite a prosecutor's rare plea to commute his sentence to life without parole.

The board voted 6-4 Tuesday against recommending mercy for death row inmate Billy Slagle in his neighbor's 1987 stabbing death.

Attorneys for the 44-year-old Slagle have long argued he deserves clemency because he was just 18 at the time of the slaying and already a drug addict and alcoholic with a chaotic upbringing.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has changed his office's approach to capital punishment and says he doubts it could obtain a death sentence for Slagle under today's laws.

He asked the board two weeks ago that Slagle's sentence be reduced.

The board's recommendation goes to the governor, who has the final say.

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