Prosecutor: Spare Condemned Ohio Man

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor has asked the Ohio Parole Board to recommend mercy for a condemned Cleveland man who fatally stabbed a neighbor 17 times.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty told the parole board in a letter Wednesday that his office likely would not seek a death sentence today for inmate Billy Slagle.

McGinty said in a statement provided to The Associated Press that a jury chose the only option available at the time to ensure Slagle would never be freed for the 1986 slaying.

McGinty said he based his decision on the fact that Slagle was just 18 at the time, the minimum age for a death sentence in Ohio, and had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Slagle's execution is scheduled for Aug. 7.

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