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Dozens of inmates avoid Ohio death sentence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An annual report that looks at Ohio's capital punishment system says 128 inmates sentenced to death over the past three decades have avoided their sentence through court action, commutations or dying of natural causes.

The report by Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state sentenced a total of 316 inmates to death from 1981, when Ohio's current death penalty law was enacted, through 2012.

Eighteen inmates have been spared by Ohio governors, 24 died in prison and eight were found ineligible for execution because they are mentally disabled.

The report released Tuesday says six inmates face re-sentencing and 72 others had their death sentence reversed by various courts.

The state has put 50 inmates to death since executions were resumed in 1999.

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