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Gov. John Kasich Commutes Sentence for Death Row Inmate and Delays Setence for Another

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has commuted the death sentence of Raymond Tibbetts to life in prison and has delayed Cleveland Jackson's execution from September of 2018 to May of 2019.

A convicted killer whose execution was delayed once because of a juror’s letter won’t be put to death. Gov. John Kasich also delayed the execution for another killer.

Kasich commuted the death sentence of Raymond Tibbetts to life in prison. Tibbetts was convicted in 1997 for the murder of his wife, Judith Crawford, and their landlord, Fred Hicks, in Cincinnati. 

Kasich rejected the parole board’s recommendation against clemency for Tibbetts after a hearing last month, which was prompted by a juror’s letter to Kasich raising concerns about Tibbetts’ trial. 

Kasich also delayed Cleveland Jackson’s execution from September of 2018 to May of 2019. Jackson was convicted of the 2002 murder of 17-year-old Leneshia Williams and 3-year-old Jayla Grant in Lima. 

Kasich wants to give Jackson’s newly appointed legal counsel time to review his case and prepare for his clemency hearing. 

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.