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Kasich Commutes the Sentence of a Death Row Inmate Whose Guilt is in Question

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Gov. John Kasich has granted clemency to a death row inmate scheduled to be put to death next month. 

Kasich granting clemency

William Montgomery was scheduled to be executed on April 11th for the 1986 murder of Debra Ogle of Toledo, and was sentenced to life for killing her roommate Cynthia Tincher in the same robbery.

Earlier this month, the Ohio Parole Board recommended 6-4 against the pending execution scheduled because of questions about the integrity of the trial court process. Kasich didn’t add any comments to his order that Montgomery’s sentence be commuted to life in prison. It’s the sixth time Kasich has granted clemency since he took office in 2011.

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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.
Jo Ingles
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. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.