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Ohio Gov. Kasich commutes Tyler's death sentence to life without parole
Parole board had recommended a chance for early release, as well as commuting the death sentence

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Gov. John Kasich sided with the parole board in commuting the death sentence of Arthur Tyler.
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has commuted the death sentence of Arthur Tyler. But he also intends for the Cleveland man to remain in prison for the rest of his life. 

Kasich went along with the unanimous recommendation of the Ohio Parole Board in deciding that Tyler should not be executed for killing produce vendor Sander Leach in 1983. But Kasich did not go along with the parole board in its 6-5 recommendation that Tyler be eligible for release from prison in another two years. 

Instead Kasich says Tyler should remain in prison for the rest of his life with no chance of parole.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty was among those who argued that the death penalty was disproportional in this case.


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