Ohio report shows continued death sentence drop, 1 last year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An annual report on capital punishment in Ohio says one person was condemned to die last year.

Friday’s report from Attorney General Mike DeWine says a total of 324 death sentences have been handed down under the state’s 1981 law.

The report reflects a continued drop in death sentences in Ohio as prosecutors file fewer cases and juries choose the option of life without parole. It also comes at a time when Ohio doesn’t have any lethal drugs.

No executions are scheduled this year.

The report says 53 inmates have been executed since 1999. Nineteen have had their sentences reduced to prison time and 27 have died before execution.

Ohio has 142 active death penalty cases, including James Conway of Columbus, who received two death sentences for different slayings.