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Parole Board: No clemency for convicted murderer John Eley

Published: Wed, June 20, 2012 @ 11:24 a.m.

Parole Board: No clemency for convicted murderer John Eley

The state parole board is recommending against clemency for a Youngstown man accused of gunning down a shopkeeper more than 25 years ago.

In a split decision delivered to Gov. John Kasich Wednesday morning, board members said they were not swayed by arguments that John Jeffrey Eley is mentally retarded and committed the murder under the influence of a violent career criminal.

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1saddad(646 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Usually a man that confesses his crime is thrown some part of a bone.

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2TaxpayerForGoodPolicy(6 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I think deference should be given to what the original prosecutor and judge thinks about clemency.

Apparently, both are supporting clemency in this case.

Governor Kasich should commute to life without parole.

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3saddad(646 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Here is how an execution is justified...

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4LoveWins(35 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The correct term is Developmentally Disabled. Can we get with the times please? This isn't the 1950's.

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56675409(37 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Gary Van Brocklin wants John Eley to live since he killed without malice.

Posted: 06/12/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The prosecutor who helped send the killer of a Youngstown store owner to death row told the state Parole Board on Tuesday that the condemned inmate should be spared because the crime didn't rise to the "heinous" level that deserves capital punishment.

Former Mahoning County prosecutor Gary Van Brocklin said he tried repeatedly to get John Eley to testify against another man he believes is the mastermind of the 1986 shooting in exchange for a lesser sentence.

That other man, Melvin Green, gave Eley the gun used in the shooting and told him to go into the store, which had banned Green for previous threats, Van Brocklin said via a video interview presented to the parole board.

"Basically, he set up the entire robbery," Van Brocklin said.

He also said that, while not making light of the death of Sinjil Market owner Ihsan Aydah, the robbery of the convenience store was the type of killing that was prosecuted more frequently as a death penalty case in the early days of the law. Ohio's current capital punishment law was enacted in 1981.

"It wasn't in the more heinous nature of cases that now receive the death penalty," Van Brocklin said.

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