Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Gov. Kasich Commutes Sentence of Shawn Hawkins

COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich issued the following statement upon commuting the sentence of Shawn Hawkins to life in prison without the possibility of parole:

“There is no doubt that the defendant played a significant, material role in this heinous crime, but precise details of that role are frustratingly unclear to the point that Ohio shouldn’t deliver the ultimate penalty in this case. Therefore, I am ordering that he spend the rest of his life in prison and have no chance of ever getting out. As someone who has experienced sudden and tragic loss, I know the pain that comes with losing loved ones. My prayers go out to the families of Diamond Marteen and Terrance Richard in the hope that they may find peace.”

The warrant of commutation may be read here.