Former death row Scotsman Kenny Richey jailed for 12 years after threatening judge

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Former death row inmate Kenny Richey has been jailed for 12 years in the United States after being convicted of threatening a former judge. The Scotsman threatened Randall Basinger in videos posted to Facebook last year.

Mr. Basinger was a prosecutor who, in 1987, secured a murder conviction against Richey for the death of a two-year-old girl in a fire in Columbus Grove, Ohio.

Former US Navy Richey, originally from Edinburgh, was sentenced to death for killing Cynthia Collins, who died in the fire at her mother’s apartment in June 1986.

He claimed it was a miscarriage of justice and was eventually released in 2008 after he launched a no-contest plea for manslaughter, endangering children and breaking and entering in a plea bargain. .

The 55-year-old, from Columbus, Ohio, was arrested in October for suspected threats against Mr. Basinger.

A jury in the Putnam County Court in Ohio found him guilty of four counts of retaliation, each carrying a maximum sentence of three years in prison, following a two-day-to-month trial latest.

Judge Dale Crawford sentenced Richey to a total of 12 years in prison on Friday and called him “the worst form of offender the public must be protected from.”

The court heard that in the videos, Richey repeatedly threatened “the man who ruined my life”.

He did not name Mr Basinger, who was also a judge in Ohio before returning to prosecution work, but six prosecution witnesses said he was the one Richey was referring to.



Kenny Richey was on death row for 21 years in Ohio after being convicted in January 1987 of the arson murder of two-year-old Cynthia Collins in 1986. In December 2007 he agreed to a plea, which led to his release from death row and his return. in Scotland on January 9, 2008.

Richey’s attorney, Greg Meyers, said the state had failed to prove their case “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

However, the jury only took 90 minutes to find Richey guilty of charges that on or around June 8, June 9, June 14, and September 23, 2019, Richey made Facebook Live recordings intended to intimidate and threaten Mr. Basinger.

Addressing the court ahead of Richey’s conviction on Friday, Mr Basinger said: ‘My children urge me to give up my career and move away from the area, but as a prosecutor I repeatedly urge my victims to stand up and confront violent offenders, and I felt I had to do the same.

“The criteria for a maximum sentence are present and I ask the court to impose the maximum consecutive sentence. ”

Richey was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012 for threatening Mr. Basinger after leaving a phone message telling him, “I’m coming to get you.”

He apologized and said he had been drinking heavily before making the call, which he described as a prank.

He also claimed he was suffering from depression at the time and was provoked by the police.

Richey, born to a Scottish mother and an American father, immediately flew to the UK and lived in Edinburgh after his release from Death Row.

However, he later returned to America and had several run-ins with the law.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s office said, “Kenneth Richey has been sentenced to a maximum consecutive sentence of 12 years. “

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