Spared Ohio inmate says he felt relief for his mom

June 15, 2011 - 7:11 AM

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An inmate who was spared from execution last week by Ohio's governor tells a newspaper he felt relief for his mother, because his death would have broken her heart.

Shawn Hawkins says she has already lost two children: one daughter to a childhood illness and another to a gunshot.

Hawkins was interviewed by The Columbus Dispatch at a prison in southwest Ohio on Tuesday, the day he was supposed to have died by lethal injection for a 1989 double killing in the Cincinnati area. Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) granted mercy last Wednesday, saying details of the case were "frustratingly unclear."

The governor ordered that Hawkins spend life in prison with no chance of getting out, a fate Hawkins calls a "harsh reality." His attorney is appealing for a new trial.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com