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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Former death row Briton given new jail sentence

Former death row Briton given new jail sentence

Ken Richey given three-year term for threatening judge who prosecuted in original trial that led to 21 years in Ohio prison

Ken Richey, who was on death row in Ohio for 21 years before release in 2008 under a plea deal, has been given another three-year term for threatening the original judge. Photograph: JD Pooley/AP

A Scottish man released from prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row is heading back to prison.

Ken Richey was sentenced on Monday to three years for threatening a judge who prosecuted his original case.

Richey pleaded guilty to a felony retaliation charge last month. He admitted he had been drinking heavily before he left a threatening phone message from his Mississippi home last New Year's Eve.

Richey was on death row for 21 years after being convicted of starting a fire that killed a two-year-old girl in 1986.

A US court determined his lawyers mishandled the case, and he was set free in 2008 under a plea deal.

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