#UK Ohio prosecutor calls death sentence rejection frustrating


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor is criticizing a decision by the state’s high court to overturn the death sentence of a man who beat a Cincinnati woman to death in 1997 during a robbery that netted $50.

In a 4-3 ruling Tuesday, the court rejected Rayshawn Johnson’s sentence based on his troubled upbringing and his subsequent remorse.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says the decision affects one’s faith in the criminal justice system.

He says the attack against Shanon Marks was horrific.

Justice Paul Pfeifer (PEYE’-fuhr) said Johnson, of Cincinnati, suffered from mental illness and addiction and had limited intellectual ability.

Johnson faces up to life in prison when he’s resentenced.

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