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Ohio Parole Board: No Mercy for Condemned Inmate

The Ohio Parole Board is recommending against mercy for a condemned Ohio inmate who claims he's innocent in a killing that sent him to death row.

The board voted 6-0 Wednesday opposing clemency for Mark Brown, scheduled to die Feb. 4 for killing a Youngstown convenience store owner in 1994.

Thirty-seven-year-old Brown received the death sentence for fatally shooting Isam Salman, owner of Midway Market in Youngstown. Brown also received a life sentence for the fatal shooting of store clerk Hayder Al-Turk the same night.

The death sentence involved killing two or more people during the same crime. Brown admits shooting Salman but says he's innocent of killing Al-Turk.

The board's recommendation goes now to Gov. Ted Strickland. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.