Back-To-Back Prison Terms Not Mandatory

By Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that state courts are not required to impose back-to-back prison terms for certain felonies.

A county judge had contended that was so in a southwest Ohio rape case. At issue were the four life sentences imposed on Kevin Johnson, who was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on four counts of rape in August 2005. A trial jury found him guilty on all four, and the trial judge contended that he had no choice but to impose the sentences consecutively.

That made Johnson ineligible for parole. He appealed, saying he should have been allowed to serve the sentences at the same time.

The Supreme Court today agreed, based on its reading of the law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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