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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A former death row inmate spared from execution calls the decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich not to make him eligible for parole devastating.

Prison inmate Arthur Tyler says Kasich snatched away an opportunity for possible freedom provided by the Ohio Parole Board.

The board ruled unanimously in favor of mercy for Tyler last month and also recommended he be made eligible for parole at some point.

Gov. Kasich commutes Arthur Tyler's death sentence

Kasich commuted Tyler's sentence to life without parole.

Tyler said in an interview Monday conducted by the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association that he still hopes to pursue parole in the future.

Tyler says he is innocent of the 1983 fatal shooting of Cleveland produce vendor Sander Leach, a crime Tyler and his attorneys say was committed by another man.

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