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Ohio Parole Board recommends Cleveland death-row inmate could be freed
If Gov. Kasich agrees, Arthur Tyler could be released in two years

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

Clarification: The original version of this story incorrectly indicated Tyler could be released this year.

The Ohio Parole Board has taken the unusual step of recommending that Gov. John Kasich release convicted killer Arthur Tyler not only from death row – but from prison. 

The panel voted 11-0 to recommend commutation of Tyler’s death sentence for the 1983 murder of Cleveland produce vendor Sander Leach. 

By a much narrower margin, 6-to-5, it voted to commute the sentence to 33 years to life. If Kasich goes along, Tyler could be released from prison within two years. 

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty had been among those arguing that Tyler should not be executed as planned next month. He underscored that Tyler’s co-defendant got a much lighter sentence and has been freed and that the case would not be a death-penalty case today. 

But McGinty fought Tyler’s claims of innocence and wants him to serve the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.

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