Woman serving life in ex-boyfriend's killing granted clemency

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Thomia Hunter, who said her abusive boyfriend choked and attacked her with a knife before she killed him, was granted clemency (Courtesy: Ohio Justice & Policy Center)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich has commuted the life sentence of a woman convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend who she said abused her for years.

Thomia Hunter's lawyer says the Republican governor's decision will allow her to be released in July.

The Ohio Parole Board had recommended the Cleveland woman's sentence be commuted after it found the issue of her abusive ex-boyfriend never came up at her trial. reports the board also said evidence backed up Hunter's claims that the man choked her and attacked her with a knife before she fatally stabbed him in 2004.

Kasich also this week decided to pass on a clemency request from former Republican fundraiser Tom Noe.

Noe is serving an 18 year-sentence for his role in a state investment scandal.