Governor Kasich grants clemency to condemned man

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2013 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks in Cleveland. Republicans governors running for re-election next year are looking to capitalize on distaste for Washington, D.C., gridlock and President Barack Obama’s dropping public approval amid the pitfalls of rolling out his signature health care law, and Democratic challengers may need to respond with a popular cause. A minimum wage increase could be the answer.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2013 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks in Cleveland. Republicans governors running for re-election next year are looking to capitalize on distaste for Washington, D.C., gridlock and President Barack Obama’s dropping public approval amid the pitfalls of rolling out his signature health care law, and Democratic challengers may need to respond with a popular cause. A minimum wage increase could be the answer. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich has granted clemency to a condemned inmate scheduled to die next month after being convicted of killing a Cleveland produce vendor.

Kasich’s decision follows Tuesday’s recommendation by the Ohio Parole Board in favor of mercy for Arthur Tyler, whose attorneys argue he is innocent in the 1983 shooting of Sander Leach.

Kasich reduced Tyler’s sentence to life without the possibility of parole, rejecting requests that Tyler be made eligible for parole for possible release.

Tyler’s lawyers say his co-defendant took responsibility for the shooting several times. Cuyahoga County prosecutors dispute Tyler’s innocence but also pushed for clemency, saying the case doesn’t meet current standards for capital punishment.

The 54-year-old Tyler was scheduled to die May 28.

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