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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Map, News) - A death row inmate who killed his mother and whose execution is opposed by his entire family should not be put to death, the Ohio Parole Board ruled Friday in a rare decision opposing capital punishment.
The board voted 8-0 in favor of mercy for Jeffrey Hill, who stabbed his mother to death in 1991 in a crack-coc aine induced rage.
In its ruling, the board recommended that Gov. Ted Strickland commute Hill's sentence to life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years.
Strickland will review the case thoroughly before making a decision, spokeswoman Amanda Wurst said Friday.