Ex-Ohio death row inmate chooses life without parole

Created: 12/15/2015 11:54 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Ohio death row inmate has been sentenced to life without parole after rejecting the possibility of a lesser punishment.

Hamilton County Court Judge Megan Shanahan handed down the sentence against Rayshawn Johnson on Monday for beating a Cincinnati woman to death during a 1997 robbery.

The Ohio Supreme Court overturned Johnson's death sentence earlier this year based on his troubled upbringing and subsequent remorse.

The 37-year-old Johnson originally was sentenced to death in 1998. He had a new hearing after a federal judge said he'd received poor legal assistance, and he was again sentenced to death in 2011.

Johnson's attorney, Will Welsh, says Johnson chose not to seek a lesser sentence. He says his client asked for life without parole to bring closure to the family of his victim, Shanon Marks.

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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