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Kasich commutes sentence of Mahoning County killer



Published: Tue, July 10, 2012 @ 2:01 p.m.

COLUMBUS — Gov. John R. Kasich today announced that he has commuted the death sentence of John Jeffrey Eley to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Eley was scheduled to be executed later this month.

Eley was convicted in Mahoning County in 1987 for the murder of 28-year-old Ihsan Aydah.

Kasich issued this statement: “The murder of Ihsan Aydah was a heinous act that warrants severe punishment. In participating in the murder, John Jeffrey Eley, who has limited mental capacity, acted under the direction of another man who was later acquitted. Without those factors it is doubtful that Eley would have committed this crime. Additionally, the former Mahoning County prosecutor who tried Eley’s case now regrets the way the case was handled and its outcome, and has called for clemency. The combined weight of these facts leads me to commute Eley’s sentence to life in prison without parole.

“Murder, under any circumstance, is an atrocious act and this decision in no way diminishes that or the actions of Eley. I pray that the family and friends of Ihsan Aydah can find peace.”


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1HonestAbe(274 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Blah...What? You haven't learned yet what hypocrites these folks are?

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2TaxpayerForGoodPolicy(6 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Governor Kasich absolutely made the right decision in commuting this death sentence.

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3Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

When you purposely take a mans life for anything other then defense of life, property or country you deserve to die. When the government is no long willing to handle such basic functions as putting down society's animals then your faced with the collapse of civilization.

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4commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

blah,blah, blah -you must like reading your own posts-blah,blah,blah

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5redeye1(4564 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey Blah I'm not too happy with Kasich about this decision. But I'll bet it was some bleeding heart liberal who changed his mind. You know like the ACLU !

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6AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

red,

Even when your boy does something, you still find a way of blaming others. You are sounding very liberal yourself, blame others.

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