Court To Consider Sentence Of Lone Woman On Ohio’s Death Row

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court will again consider a challenge by the only woman on the state’s Death Row as she seeks a sentence of life in prison instead of execution.

The Vindicator in Youngstown reports justices will hear arguments in Donna Roberts’ latest challenge on Feb. 7.

Roberts was accused of planning her ex-husband’s murder with a boyfriend in hopes of collecting insurance money.

Previously, she successfully argued to the high court that the trial judge should have considered her history of depression and other factors in her sentence. She was ordered to be re-sentenced.

The boyfriend, Nathaniel Jackson, also was sentenced to death for fatally shooting Roberts’ ex-husband in 2001 at a home in Howland, in Trumbull County. The Supreme Court upheld Jackson’s sentence in August.