PRESS RELEASE, 6/8/2011

HAMILTON COUNTY PROSECUTOR JOSEPH T. DETERS COMMENTS ON GOVERNOR’S DECISION TO COMMUTE SENTENCE FOR SHAWN HAWKINS TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

Today, Governor John Kasich announced his decision to commute the death sentence of Shawn Hawkins to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, “I have nothing but the greatest respect for Governor Kasich and the difficult decision he had to make today.  Governors in Ohio are elected to exercise their judgment in situations such as this.  This case clearly bothered him.  I join with Governor Kasich in hoping that the families of Diamond Marteen and Terrance Richard may find peace.”