Kevin Keith: A Life You Saved

This is the face of the man whose life you helped save.

“It feels like the world has stopped…Our family has gone through a lot…I’d like to thank Governor Strickland for being a just man,” said Kevin’s older brother Charles upon hearing the news that his younger brother would live past September 15th — that he would live to embrace his family one more time and celebrate another birthday. 

Thanks to supporters and activists like you, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland spared Kevin Keith from execution last week.

Mr. Keith’s conviction centered on several flawed eyewitness identifications. The key witness against Mr. Keith first told four people he could not identify the shooter because the shooter was wearing a mask. It wasn’t until the police showed this witness a highly suggestive photo lineup, with Mr. Keith’s face made larger than the others, that the witness picked out Mr. Keith.

More than 30 former judges and prosecutors, nearly 60 Innocence Projects and legal organizations, over 100 Ohio faith leaders, renowned eyewitness experts, and thousands of supporters called on the Ohio Parole Board and Governor Strickland to grant clemency to Kevin Keith.

Gov. Strickland, who is facing a tough re-election battle and was ultimately presented with an 8-0 recommendation against clemency from the Ohio Parole Board, remarkably managed to see past political ambition and expediency and summoned the courage to do what was right. He recognized that the execution of an innocent man could not be undone. He weighed his options and cast his vote for life.

Mr. Keith has been re-sentenced to life without parole; however, the Governor stated, “Should further evidence justify my doing so, I am prepared to review this matter again for possible further action.” Let’s hope he does.

This heroic decision is a reminder that committed individuals can make a difference — that each and every one of our actions matter – -that one life matters. 


Editor’s Note: Here’s the petition that helped save Kevin Keith’s life. Thanks to all who signed and spread the word!

photo credit: death penalty focus
By Stefanie Faucher, Associate Director of Death Penalty Focus

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TERRY R.4 years ago


Nicole M.
Gabriela J.4 years ago

I'm always against death penalty, even if the person is guilty.

Charles B.
Charles B.4 years ago

I'm more than pleased that Gov. Strickland made the right decision.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Thanks for your moral courage!

Shalvah L.
Past Member 5 years ago

I am thankful that the death sentence has been stopped. I don't understand why Mr. Keith was re-sentenced to life without parole and hope this will be rectified very soon to allow an innocent person his freedom.

Monique Freericks

I´m glad I signed the petition. Thank You for the good news. I hope his life will be better now.

David M.
David M.5 years ago

I tried to send Governor Strikland a thank you e-mail but the site is down for maintenence (the alternate site doesn't accept international e-mail senders). Might be a good idea for US Care2 members to e-mail and thank him for his moral courage.

David M.
David M.5 years ago

That's a real demonstration of integrity from Governer Strickland.
One of the best ways to help is to join The Innocence Project - I'm glad to say that they have started work in the Republic of Ireland now too.

Tasos G.
Tasos G.5 years ago

Only God kills

Rosalinda D.
Rosalinda D.5 years ago

this is great news...thank God.. ^_^