An obese death row inmate was spared execution after the governor of the state canceled his death sentence, according to press reports.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, avoided a decision on whether Ronald Post, a convicted murderer, was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner for a different reason, he had poor legal representation.
Kasich’s decision to grant a pardon for Post, reflected a recommendation for mercy from the state parole board. There were too many problems with the way he was represented over 30 years ago.
Kasich was now sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The declaration does not mention his weight. Post, who weighs 450 pounds, had been trying to block his execution by claiming he is too fat to be humanely executed.
Post was scheduled to die for killing Helen Vantz, during a motel robbery in 1983. Vantz’s sons William and Michael, said that “Post just found another way to avoid paying a debt due to society.”