COLUMBUS -- Ohio's parole board has rejected clemency for a condemned Cleveland killer despite a prosecutor's rare plea to commute his sentence to life without parole.
The board voted 6-4 Tuesday against recommending mercy for death row inmate Billy Slagle in his neighbor's 1987 stabbing death.
Attorneys for the 44-year-old Slagle have long argued he deserves clemency because he was just 18 at the time of the slaying and already a drug addict and alcoholic with a chaotic upbringing.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has changed his office's approach to capital punishment and says he doubts it could obtain a death sentence for Slagle under today's laws.
He asked the board two weeks ago that Slagle's sentence be reduced.
The board's recommendation goes to the governor, who has the final say.
AP Legal Affairs Writer
The Associated Press