Ohio Killer Spared After Extent Of Childhood Abuse Revealed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich has spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward with concerns that the extent of the inmate’s childhood abuse was shielded at trial.

The Republican governor on Friday commuted the sentence of death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts to life without the possibility of parole.

The 61-year-old Tibbetts was sentenced to death for killing Fred Hicks at Hicks’ Cincinnati home in 1997.

Ex-juror Ross Geiger came forward last year, saying jurors weren’t given enough information about Tibbetts’ childhood.

Geiger said he was surprised to learn recently of the abuse Tibbetts and his brothers suffered, including not being fed properly, being thrown down stairs, having their fingers beaten with spatulas and being burned on heating registers.