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Jason Getsy faces Tuesday execution; Gov. Strickland denies clemency

Published: Fri, August 14, 2009 @ 10:40 a.m.

COLUMBUS — Convicted murderer Jason Getsy will face execution as scheduled on Tuesday, after Gov. Ted Strickland denied clemency today.

Strickland’s decision countered that of the state parole board, which, in a 5-2 decision, that Getsy’s co-defendants — including the man behind the 1995 murder-for-hire — did not receive capital penalties for the crime, so Getsy shouldn’t either.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, who was informed of the Strickland’s decision early Friday, said the governor made the right decision.

“The governor, in his independent review, made the right call and showed that he is a person that’s going to make his decision based on the facts and the crime on every case in an individualized basis,” Watkins said. “And nothing can speak better about the governor of Ohio than the care he has taken in each and every one of these death penalty cases....”

He added, “This is a victory for the local folks. This was the right call. Justice won today.”

Getsy, 33, is scheduled for death by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. He will be transported to the prison from the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown in coming days.

He was convicted in the aggravated murder of Ann R. Serafino and the attempted murder of her son, Charles Serafino.

According to court documents, Getsy and two other men were hired to kill Charles Serafino by another individual over a business disagreement. Serafino, though shot in the face at point blank range, survived the incident.

Read more in Saturday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1skm(7 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

As for Watkins...you would not be so jubilant and adamant that Strickland had done the right thing if he had granted clemency...then you would be screaming as usual he did not do his job! Strickland didn't make the decision based on facts...that's absurd...he made it based on public pressure!! Get real...its all about politics not facts nor anything else when it comes to the Gov or any other elected official in this God forsaken state...that much he has proved since taking office. Jason's heart is right with God and for those of you jubilant and excited over him being put to death...you've won nothing.

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2rocky14(839 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

For whom the bells toll.No one wins.

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3Maruice(7 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Thou shalt not kill, or an eye for an eye, rite? Vengance is mine thus sayeth God's Word.

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4TLS(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Gov. Strickland went against his own Parole Board on Jason's case!! The prosecuter and Mrs. Fife, who works out of the prosecuters office started a huge campaign to have Jason murdered. Mrs. Fife, Jason's murder is not going to bring your son back.

Jason never wanted to kill anyone, You people certainly do!! Now, who does that make the murderer?? Not Jason!!

Jason is going to Heaven!!

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5mcolucci(3 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

OK Then...Kill Jason and let the baby rapists go free...as usual! I wouldn't want to be you on your deathbed, Strickland!

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6skm(7 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

We voted him in, we can vote him right back out...but then again, you get nothing from elected officials in this state so it doesn't matter who holds office. This is the good ole' boy state and its all about politics....unless, of course, you happen to have a million or two on hand to back pocket one or more of them.

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7KnewHim(3 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

years b4 jason shot that boy in the face, he tried pushin my brother off a cliff when they were out ridin 4wheelers. My bro said that I should have seen the look in his eyes, jason just inches away from he's first kill. Year later, a few of us boys were out jumpin our bikeramp alittle to close to his dog cujos cable run line. when he came up with a plan to have one of the kids he did'nt like hit the ramp with it positioned alittle closer to the dog line because he wanted to see the dude chop his head clean off. This was at the age of 12. He always talked about his guns, robbin, killin. Like the all famous Jason Hores from Friday 13th, Jason Getsy was and always will be a ruthless killer! Even though it,s political Gov did the right thing!

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8gmann415(268 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

there is no reason why jason is the only one getting the death chair. if he gets the death chair then all of those who were involved should recieve the same.

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9knowsomething(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Santine didn't get the death penalty because 2 jurors didn't believe in it when it came to them having to implement it.

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10skm(7 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I would never undermine the death of Ms. Serafino nor the pain and suffering the family has had to endure...that being said, I know Jason personally and I know he has sincerely repented, called upon the name of the Lord a long time ago and his heart is right with God. God is no respector of persons and is NOT a God of hate or revenge. Most will be pleased as punch that Jason Getsy was not granted clemency...but do not make the mistake of believing God refused him mercy.....

God annointed David to be King of Israel but David's success was focused too heavily on material gains, and it corrupted him. His committing of adultery with Bathsheba, and the murder of her husband Uriah in an attempt to cover it up was perhaps the darkest event of his life. David truly repented of it, and God did forgive him...he committed murder and adultery and truly repented and was welcomed into heaven when he died...the Bible states this to be true...again, God is not a God of hate and those who sincerely repent and call upon His name REGARDLESS of what lies in their past...will definitely go to heaven.

Men who hate, hate that fact but it does not change the fact that it is the truth.

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11UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Kill this piece already. Needle him up and let eveyone enjoy his death. Burn in hell Jason for what you did.

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12knowsomething(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

The Christian case against the death penalty is that the person would be denied a chance to repent and gain the kingdom of heaven. If Mr. Getsy has had a true Christian conversion with Baptism and has repented with true remorse he will have a place in heaven. We should not enjoy his death or wish him to burn in hell. That said he still has to pay for his crime.

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13girard422(1 comment)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

"Jason never wanted to kill anyone" This quote by tls has to be the most ignorant statement ever. How can someone who stands over an innocent 66 year old woman says "Die b***h" then shoots her two times, not want to kill someone? To all the people who use the commandment "Thou shal not kill" as a reason not to execute someone should realize the the actual translation is "thou shal not murder". There is a difference. Getsy murdered an innocent woman, and the people of the state of Ohio are killing not murdering him as just punishment.

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14knowsomething(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Ianacek: No, 14 years is not enough for cold blooded killer! Neither is the 36 years minimum that Santine is supposed to serve!

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15woolyd(579 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago


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16HHS95(2 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

Nice! Everybody in the system is always sorry and somehow finds God when they get caught... Then they get out and come right back.

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