Ohio parole board rejects clemency application

Decision based on severity of the crime

The Ohio Parole Board has notified Bernadette Restivo on June 1 the governing body has rejected the clemency application for Tom Noe.

The response is in regard to the application filed on his behalf on January 31, 2018.

Ms. Restivo says the reason the parole board rejected the clemency application is the board felt the severity of the crime justified the sentencing.

A distraught Ms. Restivo issued the following statement this afternoon:

“I am appalled that someone like serial killer Anthony Cook who murdered how many people is looking at being released from prison while the same court and the same county prosecutor that worked that deal continues to persecute Tom who actually made a profit for the State of Ohio. I notified Tom this afternoon of the parole board’s decision. He is very disappointed. He is speechless. He’s just trying to figure out where do we go from here. I have faith that Governor John Kasich, who is not bound by the parole board’s recommendation, will take an independent look at Tom’s case and realize that justice has already been served by Tom's incarceration of nearly 12 years.

If Governor Kasich does not pardon Tom Noe, by law he can not apply for clemency again for another two years.

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