3 more years for ex-death row inmate from Scotland

Associated Press Modified: May 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm •  Published: May 7, 2012
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OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — A Scotsman released from prison four years ago after spending two decades on Ohio's death row is going back to prison for threatening a judge who prosecuted his original case.

A visiting judge sentenced Ken Richey on Monday to the maximum of three years. He pleaded guilty last month to a felony retaliation charge.

The target of his threat, Putnam County Judge Randall Basinger, said Richey had made many threats against him and others, The (Toledo) Blade reported.

Richey "has never taken responsibility for any of his actions, has blamed others for the crimes that he commits, and consistently misrepresents the events of his criminal activity," Basinger said, according to The (Findlay) Courier.

Investigators said Richey was at his home in Tupelo, Miss., when he left the threatening message for Basinger, warning that he was coming to get him. Richey said he'd been drinking heavily and was depressed.

He apologized on Monday for making the call.

Basinger was an assistant prosecutor in the 1980s when Richey was accused of starting a fire that killed a 2-year-old girl in 1986.

Richey was sentenced to death and spent 21 years on death row. He denied any involvement in the fire and became well-known in Britain, where there is no death penalty, as he fought for his release. Among his supporters were several members of the British Parliament and Pope John Paul II.

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