Kenny Richey
American murderer
Kenny Richey
Kenneth "Kenny" Thomas Richey is a British-US dual citizen, born to a Scottish mother and American father, who was raised in Scotland but moved to Ohio, United States to join his father in late 1982. He was on death row for 21 years in Ohio after being convicted in January 1987 of murdering two year-old Cynthia Collins by arson in 1986.
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Scotsman once on Ohio's death row gets 3 more years in prison for threatening judge
Fox News - almost 5 years
A Scotsman released from prison four years ago after spending two decades on Ohio's death row is heading back to prison. Ken Richey was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for threatening a judge in the Ohio village of Ottawa who prosecuted his original case. Richey pleaded guilty to a felony retaliation charge last month. He says he'd been drinking heavily before he left a threatening phone message and regrets making the call from his Mississippi home last New Year's Eve. Richey was on death row for 21 years after being convicted of setting a fire that killed a 2-year-old girl in 1986. A U.S. court determined his lawyers mishandled the case and he was set free in 2008 under a plea deal.
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Britain Now Leads From the Front in Supporting Our Nationals Facing the Death ... - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Kenny Richey was a Scot who was falsely accused of starting a fire in which a little girl died. The government formally intervened in the legal proceedings arguing that Kenny's death sentence was in breach of international law
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Richey heads for rehab in bid to tackle booze issues - Edinburgh Evening News
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FORMER Death Row inmate Kenny Richey has entered a rehab clinic in a bid to tackle his problems with heavy drinking, his brother has revealed. Richey was admitted to a five-week programme at the Region III Mental Health Centre in Tupelo,
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MARTEDÌ 28 GIUGNO (MEL BROOKS DAY) - La Provincia di Como
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Le canzoni di Where it hurts parlano della fine del suo matrimonio durato 22 anni, del regime in Birmania, dei rifugiati, del cambio climatico e del rilascio di Kenny Richey dopo 21 anni trascorsi nel braccio della morte (ecco perché l'ha chiamato
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Scottish News: Former Death Row Scot Kenny Richey loses custody battle.. for ... - Scottish Daily Record
Google News - almost 6 years
THE ex-wife of Death Row con Kenny Richey has won a bitter legal fight with him over their dog. Richey had launched a court battle to seek custody of a German Shepherd pup called Max. But he is now "gutted" after a court ruled the 11-month-old dog
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  • 2012
    Age 47
    He was sentenced to three years' imprisonment in May 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Kenny Richey's brother, Tom Richey, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, wrote a book about the case entitled "Kenny Richey Death Row Scot: My Brother Kenny's Fight for Justice".
    In April 2012 Richey agreed to plead guilty to a retaliation charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge that he broke a protection order when he called the Putnam County courthouse in Ottawa on December 31, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He was living in Mississippi when he called and left a threatening message for Judge Randall Basinger. Judge Basinger was a prosecutor in his 1987 trial. Richey later claimed he was drunk and only joking.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    He faced trial in March 2009.
    More Details Hide Details However, the judge presiding over the case dismissed the charges explaining that he felt Richey "…had suffered enough." At one point, he was charged with stealing a woman's purse. The charge was later dropped. More recently, he was arrested for assaulting his son with a baseball bat in Minnesota.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    Richey has been arrested several times since he returned to the UK. Most seriously, he was charged with assaulting and robbing 63-year-old Robert McCall at his Edinburgh apartment on July 11, 2008, and another assault six days later.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    On December 19, 2007 it was announced that Richey had accepted a plea bargain and would be freed.
    More Details Hide Details Richey pleaded 'no contest' to attempted involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and breaking and entering. The arson and murder charges were dropped, and Richey was released after being sentenced to time served. The agreement stipulated that Richey leave the U.S. immediately. Reaction to Richey's acceptance of the plea bargain was mixed. Richey's counsel, Mr. Ken Parsigian, had from the outset been extremely confident that his client would be exonerated at the retrial, stating that the prosecution had a, "…snowball's chance in hell" of securing a conviction a second time around, and that the prosecution case, "…is 10 times weaker that it was 19 years ago and it wasn't that strong a case then." However, when the plea bargain was announced, he described it as, "…complete victory, and more than Kenny and I could ever wish for…the State wanted him to plead guilty and he would not do that. They have agreed to drop murder, to drop the arson and took the most basic minor face-saving deal of no contest. There was nothing left for them to fight about."
    On October 26, 2007, Richey's counsel requested that the prosecution provide an account of what they intend to prove at trial, and applied for funds to hire an investigator and a mitigation expert, to be used only if Richey was re-convicted on death penalty charges and his case proceeded to the penalty phase.
    More Details Hide Details In response, the prosecution filed a list of evidence that they intended to use at the trial. Prosecution witnesses would have included Cynthia Collins' mother, members of the emergency services at the scene, and former neighbors and friends of Richey. Statements from five witnesses who had died since 1986 were to be read to the jury. Richey's clothing from the time and items from his days in the US Marine Corps were to be submitted as evidence, together with Cynthia Collins' medical records and death certificate.
    At a bail hearing in Putnam County on October 2, 2007, the court set bail of $10 million for Richey to be released, under strict limitations, until his new trial.
    More Details Hide Details Despite an anonymous donation of $900,000 and his father and brother's willingness to sell their homes to raise bail, Richey's counsel accepted that because any bail bond is non-refundable, they would not be able to secure his release until the new trial was held. Richey's counsel originally applied for a change of venue to Columbus instead of Putnam County. Arguing that media attention made a fair trial impossible, Richey's counsel presented 426 newspaper articles, letters to the editor, and editorials about the case. Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers resisted this application, arguing that it was premature, and that the proper way to handle the matter is to try first to seat a jury to determine whether the jury pool has been tainted.
    On August 10, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld its January 2005 overturning of Richey's conviction and death sentence due to ineffective counsel, and once again ordered Kenny Richey re-tried or released within 90 days.
    More Details Hide Details On August 24, 2007, Brian Laliberte, Ohio deputy first assistant attorney general announced that the prosecution had decided not to appeal the Court of Appeals' ruling to the Supreme Court, and therefore accepted a retrial. Richey was moved off death row and back to the Custody of Putnam County Jail. Richey's second trial was scheduled to commence at Putnam County Common Pleas Court on March 28, 2008.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    In August 2006, Richey, who is also diabetic, suffered another of a series of heart attacks in his prison cell.
    More Details Hide Details He was airlifted to hospital and underwent surgery, but made a recovery. In 2008, he was diagnosed with mouth cancer.
    Ms. Torley temporarily resigned as head of the Kenny Richey Campaign in June 2006, but maintained close contact with Richey and continued to campaign for his exoneration.
    More Details Hide Details Richey was granted British citizenship in 2003, becoming the first to benefit from a change in British nationality law regarding the status of children of British mothers and non-British fathers born outside the United Kingdom.
    Their engagement ended in March 2006, as following the overturning of his conviction, Richey re-established his relationship with his ex-wife and son.
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  • 2005
    Age 40
    Richey married Wendy Amerud while serving in the US Marine Corps. His marriage ended in divorce two months before the alleged crime, and Richey had no further contact with either his wife or son Sean until his sentence was overturned in January 2005.
    More Details Hide Details While on death row Richey became engaged to a Scottish woman, Karen Torley, who had written to him after seeing a documentary on his plight. She also became the organizer of the 'Kenny Richey Campaign', which campaigned for his exoneration and release.
    During this stage of appeal, on 25 January 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned his conviction and sentence, ruling firstly that Richey's original legal counsel had been incompetent, and secondly, questioning the application of the principle of 'transferred intent.'
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, on November 28, 2005, the Supreme Court of United States partially reversed the appellate court's decision, following an appeal by the prosecution - upholding the prosecution view that the Sixth Circuit ignored a constitutionally valid state law, and thus overstepped its authority. In upholding the prosecution's argument on the legal principle of transferred intent, the Supreme Court stated that the, "…explanation of Ohio law was perfectly clear and unambiguous. We have repeatedly held that a state court's interpretation of state law … binds a federal court sitting in habeas corpus." In light of the new instructions, it remanded the case to the Sixth Circuit for reconsideration. On September 5, 2006, the Sixth Court scheduled oral arguments on the remanded issue of ineffective counsel for January 24, 2007. Under this procedure, the Sixth Circuit panel of three judges heard arguments for one half hour each by the Ohio Attorney General and Richey's defense counsel, Mr. Ken Parsigian.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    In March 1997 an appeal lodged with the same judge who sentenced Richey to death was rejected.
    More Details Hide Details A 1998 appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court was also denied. Throughout the appeals process, the prosecution resisted efforts by Richey's counsel to re-examine the forensic evidence that convicted him. At one stage, prosecutor Dan Gershutz commented, "Even though this new evidence may establish Mr. Richey's innocence, the Ohio and United States Constitutions nonetheless allow him to be executed because the prosecution did not know that the scientific testimony offered at trial was false and unreliable." In June 1998, a stay was granted for the last in a series of 13 scheduled execution dates, and the case was transferred to the federal courts.
  • 1978
    Age 13
    Richey received his first mental health evaluation in January 1978, when thirteen years old, and was briefly treated and evaluated for erratic behaviour in various mental institutions.
    More Details Hide Details Social worker Judith Tolliver described Richey as a blustering young man who suffers from "…histrionic behavior disorder," in addition to his other personality disorders. She found Richey not delusional, mentally impaired, or actively psychotic but severely and chronically maladjusted. The central premise of Richey's appeals was that no arson took place, and therefore no crime. Richey's counsel argued that the death of Cynthia Collins was instead a tragic accident. According to this view, dubious and conflicting circumstantial evidence combined with widely discredited forensic evidence resulted in an unsafe conviction. Richey steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. Before his trial, he declined a plea bargain involving pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in return for a lesser sentence of eleven years and four months. Had he accepted, he would have been released by 2000. In the late 1990s he also rejected an offer of transfer to a Scottish jail and eventual release under Scottish probation law. Meanwhile, concern surrounding the evidence and the perceived incompetence of Richey's counsel during the original trial led to an international campaign to secure his exoneration and release. A central issue for believers in Richey's innocence was the prosecution's controversial interpretation of forensic evidence, particularly chromatograms - and expert witness incompetence on both sides. Prosecution witness Mr. Dan Gelfius used a chromatogram analysis technique that had never been reviewed by any of his peers to conclude that carpet samples from Collins' living room contained gasoline, and that wood samples from the balcony contained paint thinner - allegedly the accelerants used by Richey.
  • 1964
    Born in 1964.
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