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They were convicted of hiring hit men to carry out the 2009 beating deaths of Ben Novack Jr., 53, in New York and Bernice Novack, 86, in Florida. Ben Novack was the son of the man who built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

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Condemned obese killer’s life spared by governor

COLUMBUS | The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

Gov. John Kasich’s decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn’t doubt Post’s guilt, but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago.

Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Mr. Kaisch, who commuted Post’s sentence to life with no chance of parole, didn’t mention Post’s obesity claim in his statement. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the governor didn’t consider Post’s obesity claim.

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