|Scotsman who spent 2 decades on death row is now free|
Posted: Jan 7, 2008 11:25 AM
TOLEDO (AP) -- The Scotsman who came within an hour of being executed by the state of Ohio in 1994 is now free.
Kenneth Richey walked out of Putnam County Jail around 3:15 p.m. Monday. He was convicted in 1986 of starting a fire that killed a 2-year-old girl.
On Monday afternoon, Richey entered a plea that allowed him to accept a sentence of time already served and leave the United States. He will spend Monday night at his brother's house in Cloverdale, Ohio, and then leave Tuesday afternoon for Chicago. From there, he will fly to Edinborough, Scotland.
The agreement comes after an appeals court overturned his death sentence last year. It allows Richey -- a U.S.-British citizen -- to go home to Scotland without admitting that he had anything to do with the fire.
The 43-year-old had been set to get out three weeks ago until a trip to the hospital for chest pains delayed his release.
Updated by KO