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Ohio Supreme Court affirms death sentence of Brunswick man who killed mother

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    In April 2016, a jury convicted James Tench, 32, of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery and evidence tampering in the 2013 death of Mary Tench, 55.

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The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Wednesday both the conviction and death sentence of a former Brunswick resident convicted of killing his mother.

In April 2016, a jury convicted James Tench, 32, of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery and evidence tampering in the 2013 death of Mary Tench, 55.

Judge Joyce V. Kimbler sentenced Tench to death on one count of aggravated murder. Tench was already serving a six-year sentence in connection with a 2013 robbery at the time of the trial.

While the Ohio Supreme Court upheld Tench’s conviction and sentence, it dismissed Tench’s conviction for aggravated robbery and the felony-murder specifications that are predicated on aggravated robbery.

“We affirm the judgement of the trial court in all other aspects, including the death sentence,” the Supreme Court’s 81-page opinion said.

Tench presented 18 legal arguments in his appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court, which hears all death penalty cases.

Tench lived with his mother in the 700 block of Camden Lane. Her body was discovered in the nearby 2800 block of Carquest Drive.

Mary Tench was killed after confronting her son about his use of her credit cards to purchase gifts for his girlfriend. Police discovered her body in her Ford Escape. Mary Tench was found to have suffered skull fractures and blunt trauma to her head and neck. The Medina County coroner ruled her death a homicide.

Tench said in court testimony that he had seen his mother writing checks to pay bills, and began forging checks without her knowledge.

Before he was sentenced, Kimbler asked Tench if he wanted to make a statement.

Tench spoke calmly and in a low voice for about five minutes. He begged the judge to grant him one of three life sentence options: life without parole, life with parole in 30 years or life with parole in 25 years.

“I’m not a perfect person, but I did not do this. I am innocent in this,” he said.



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