Kasich grants clemency to woman serving life sentence for killing abusive ex-boyfriend

Kasich grants clemency to woman serving life sentence for killing abusive ex-boyfriend
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) this week granted clemency to a woman serving a life sentence for killing her abusive ex-boyfriend.

Cleveland.com reported Wednesday that Thomia Hunter’s lawyer, Tiffany Smith, received Kasich’s letter officially commuting Hunter’s sentence.

Hunter was convicted in 2005 of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Andrew Harris, and served 15 years in prison.

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She testified that Harris accused her of cheating on him, then beat, choked, cut her with a knife and poured hot sauce in her eyes before she stabbed him, severing his femoral artery.

The Ohio Parole Board last year found that evidence of battered woman’s syndrome was not presented at Hunter’s trial, and recommended that the Republican governor commute her sentence.

The parole board found that the 22 knife wounds Harris suffered in the attack were “applied with minimal force.”

Hunter’s lawyer, who is with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, said that her client is “very grateful” for Kasich’s decision.

She will be released on July 15 if she completes a state corrections department re-integration program.

The move comes the same week that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown in a nationally watched case. Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man when she was 16 years old, after she said she was forced into sex trafficking.

Term-limited Kasich will leave office next week and be replaced by Republican Mike DeWine.