Governor Kasich Grants Death Penalty Clemency To Montgomery Convicted Of Toledo Murder

Andre Imbrogno, chairman of the Ohio Parole Board, opens a clemency hearing for condemned killer William Montgomery, set to die next month for the killing of a woman in Toledo in 1986, on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Imbrogno questioned whether Montgomery lost an opportunity to argue against a conviction when prosecutors failed to turn over a police report at trial in which witnesses claimed to have seen his victim alive after prosecutors say she was killed. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich commuted the death sentence of William Montgomery to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Montgomery had been scheduled to be executed on April 11.

Kasich’s decision to grant clemency follows a March 16 report and recommendation from the Ohio Parole Board to not carry out the execution.  The Board, by a vote of 6-4, concluded that life without parole was a more appropriate sentence, after serious questions arose following sentencing about the integrity of the trial court process.

Montgomery was convicted in 1986 for the murders of Debra Ogle and her roommate, Cynthia Tincher, in Toledo.

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