Romell Broom was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Tryna Middleton. For that he is rightly being incarcerated and held accountable.
In 2009 the state of Ohio called off the execution of Romell Broom after prodding him with a needle at least 18 times, for more than two hours, attempting to establish an intravenous line through which to inject lethal drugs. This was the first time since 1947 that an execution in the United States was halted after it had begun.
On March 16, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that it is just fine to return Broom to the execution chamber. On December 13, 2016, the US Supreme declined to review the case. A new execution date may be set at any time.
The real torture of the death penalty is in the wait. We know from those who have received last-minute stays that those final few days and hours are incredibly stressful on everyone involved. Romell Broom has suffered the mental torture of execution already, and he will suffer plenty more with a commutation to life without parole.
Enough is enough. Our government must not be in the business of intentionally inflicting torture on our citizens - even those who have committed terrible crimes. If the state’s intention is that Mr. Broom pay for his crimes by dying in jail, that can be accomplished with a commutation to life without parole. We call on you to do exactly that as soon as possible.
In commuting Romell Broom's death sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, Governor Kasich, you will stop wasting money on the legal process, turn off the spotlight on the offender, and stop the repeated traumas to the execution team, witnesses, and family of the victim in this case, Tryna Middleton.