Ex-death row inmate from Scotland makes plea deal
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 20:36:35 GMT —
A Scotsman released from prison four years ago after spending two decades on Ohio's death row has agreed to a plea deal over accusations that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case.
An Ohio prosecutor says Ken Richey will enter a guilty plea to a felony charge next week and faces no more than three years in prison.
Richey is accused of leaving a threatening phone message for a county judge on New Year's Eve.
He was on death row for 21 years after being convicted of setting a fire that killed a 2-year-old.
Richey denied any involvement, and a U.S. court determined his lawyers mishandled the case.
Richey was set free in 2008 under a deal that required him to plead no contest to a lesser charge.