Death Sentence Affirmed for Clinton County Man

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For the second time, the Ohio Supreme Court has affirmed the death penalty for a Clinton County man who robbed and killed an 88-year-old woman he met while delivering furniture to her home.

The Supreme Court today unanimously upheld James R. Goff’s capital sentence for the 1994 murder of Myrtle Rutledge. 

The Court originally upheld his death sentence in 1998, but in 2010 a Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Goff’s case to be reopened. 

He was sentenced to death again, and appealed the decision.


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