Tuesday 16 January 2018

Scottish ex death row inmate faces new jail sentence

A Scottish man released from prison four years ago after spending two decades on Ohio’s death row will learn today whether he will be going back to prison.

Ken Richey, 47, faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced for threatening a judge in the Ohio village of Ottawa who prosecuted his original case.

Richey pleaded guilty to a felony retaliation charge last month.

He said he had been drinking heavily before he left a threatening phone message and regrets calling from his Mississippi home on New Year's Eve.

Richey was on death row for 21 years after being convicted of setting a fire that killed a two-year-old girl in 1986.

A US court determined his lawyers mishandled the case and he was set free in 2008 under a plea deal.

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