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4 sentenced to death in Ohio in 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An annual report on capital punishment in Ohio says four people were condemned to die last year, bringing the total number under Ohio's 1981 law to 320 death sentences.

The report by Attorney General Mike DeWine says 52 inmates have been executed, 18 have had their sentences reduced to prison time, and 26 have died before execution from suicide or natural causes.

The report released Tuesday says Ohio has 145 active death penalty cases, including James Conway of Columbus, who received two death sentences for different slayings.

The report reflects the increasing rarity of death sentences in the state as prosecutors file fewer death penalty cases and juries choose the option of life without parole.

No one has been sentenced to death this year.

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