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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.

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