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Family of slain girl angry at Strickland for sparing life of her killer

Published: Mon, November 15, 2010 @ 7:40 p.m.

GIRARD — The father, aunt and uncle of 3-year-old Jessica Ballew expressed outrage at Gov. Ted Strickland’s decision to grant clemency to her killer.

“He got away with murder,” Jessica’s aunt, Connie Ressler of Girard, said of Sidney Cornwell.

Ressler and Jessica’s father, Virgil Ballew of Girard, said they believe the governor would not have granted clemency if it was not for his political lame-duck status.

“Now, he has nobody to answer to,” Ballew said today.

“We can’t believe that he would stoop to that level and give clemency to someone who’s a baby-killer. I mean we’re outraged over it. It’s unbelievable that he took her death so lightly,” Ressler added.

“There is a higher justice than Ted Strickland,” Ressler said, with her brother, Virgil, concurring.

Jessica was shot to death June 11, 1996, on the city’s North Side. Cornwell was sentenced to die by execution after a 1997 trial, but the governor granted him clemency. Cornwell will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years ago

And they all probably voted for him.

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2paulydel(1507 comments)posted 5 years ago

What a stupid statement to make. That was a young and innocent life that this low life took and thats all you could come up with? What a moron you are.

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years ago

I feel for this family. That is like a slap in the face. How in the world can Strickland live with himself. Unreal.

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4Reader(126 comments)posted 5 years ago

May Jessica be resting in peace and sending peace down to her family during this tough time. Maybe the death penalty would have been the easy way out for this low life slime ball. Is it possible that living in a small cell like a caged animal is the better punishment?

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5Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years ago

Nope, he should be on a slab at the morgue right now.

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years ago

Again, he should be on a slab in the morgue.

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7Vicki(14 comments)posted 5 years ago

I wouldn't even take him to the morgue. Throw him in a hole, thats all he deserves

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