Parole Board Recommends Sparing Obese Killer Facing Execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (December 14, 2012)--The Ohio Parole Board is recommending mercy for an obese death row inmate, but based on claims that raise doubts about his legal representation, and not because of his weight.

Attorneys for inmate Ronald Post said assertions that he confessed to the 1983 slaying of a motel clerk have been falsely exaggerated and questioned how his original lawyers handled his no contest plea.

The parole board voted 5-3 Friday to recommend that Gov. John Kasich grant Post clemency.

The ruling did not address Post's claim that he is so obese he can't be humanely executed.

He weighs about 450 pounds.

A federal judge was to hear arguments in Post's obesity claim on Monday.

Post was sentenced to die for shooting Helen Vantz in Elyria, Ohio during a robbery.


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