The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, "Ohio Parole Board recommends clemency for death-row inmate Arthur Tyler," by Jeremy Pelzer.
The Ohio Parole Board recommended Tuesday that Arthur Tyler, the next death-row inmate scheduled for execution in Ohio, should be granted clemency because of questions surrounding his murder conviction in the 1980s.
The Parole Board’s recommendation to Gov. John Kasich comes after both prosecutors and defense attorneys urged mercy for Tyler, who was found guilty of shooting a Cleveland produce vendor in 1983.
Six of the Parole Board’s 11 members recommended commuting Tyler’s sentence to life in prison with immediate parole eligibility. The other five board members favored commuting his sentence to 33 years to life, which would make Tyler parole eligible in two years.
Alan Rossman, a federal public defender representing Tyler, said in an interview that the board's recommendation was "wonderful news."
Rossman said Tyler's supporters will now "anxiously await" Kasich's final decision.
The Ohio Parole Board Recommendation in, In Re: Arthur Tyler, at the bottom of the Plain Dealer report.
"Ohio board recommends mercy for condemned killer," is AP coverage, via the Tribune Chronicle.
The Ohio Parole Board has recommended mercy for a condemned killer set to die next month for killing a Cleveland produce vendor.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of clemency for Arthur Tyler, whose attorneys argue he is innocent in the 1983 shooting of Sander Leach.
The board ruled 6-5 to recommend that Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) release Tyler immediately. Kasich has the final say.
"Parole Board Votes Unanimously For Clemency For Convicted Killer," is by Andy Chow of WOSU-FM.
The Ohio State Parole Board was unanimous is recommending clemency for Arthur Tyler, who was convicted of murdering Sander Leach during a robbery in Cleveland back in 1983.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office joined the defense in asking for clemency, although the prosecutor wanted Tyler to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
The parole board was split on exactly what the sentence should be. Six board members say Tyler should serve a life sentence with immediate parole eligibility, while the other five say Tyler should serve 33 years to life, and be eligible for parole in two years.
Tyler’s execution would be the first since the controversial execution of Dennis McGuire. His death made national headlines after news outlets reported that McGuire appeared to be gasping and snorting, though the prisons department’s review of the execution concludes he wasn’t in pain.
The governor has already rescheduled the execution of another convicted murderer, Gregory Lott, who was supposed to be put to death in March. His execution is now set for November 19.
There’s no word yet on when Kasich might make his decision about Tyler.
Earlier coverage of Arthur Tyler's case begins at the link.