Kasich grants clemency to Death Row inmate

Shawn Hawkins was admitted to Ohio’s Death Row on Feb. 1, 1990.

On Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich commuted the death sentence of the Springfield Township man, to life in prison without parole. Hawkins was scheduled to be executed Tuesday.

Kasich signed the warrant of commutation and released the following statement:

“There is no doubt that the defendant played a significant, material role in this heinous crime, but precise details of that role are frustratingly unclear to the point that Ohio shouldn’t deliver the ultimate penalty in this case. Therefore, I am ordering that he spend the rest of his life in prison and have no chance of ever getting out.  More

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