Gregory Bryant-Bey has been sentenced to death by lethal injection for the aggravated robbery and murder of Dale Pinkelman, a Toledo businessman who owned Pinky's Collectibles. He was also convicted and sentenced to life without parole for the aggravated robbery and murder of Peter Mihas, a Toledo restaurateur.
While Mr. Bryant-Bey's crimes are deplorable, he had many mitigating circumstances that were considered during his clemency hearing. He suffered through a difficult childhood in which he was twice abandoned by his biological mother and suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his adoptive mother. During his murder trial he had a mental health assessment and was diagnosed with asocial, paranoid, and schizoid personality disorders. While in prison, Mr. Bryant-Bey made a positive impact on others, especially with fellow death row inmates. He taught others to read and understand the Bible, in addition to having a good work ethic. Mr. Bryant-Bey has tried to redeem himself and even though he should never leave the confines of prison his death will not bring Mr. Pinkelman and Mr. Mihas back.
If the execution goes forward:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008:
5:00 PM--Sidewalk Press Conference--Old Stone Church, Public Square, Downtown
7:30PM--Community Prayer Vigil--Ursuline Mother House, 2600 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike (enter off Fairmount Blvd, between Lander and Brainard Rds.) Phone: 440-449-1200, x125. The speaker will be James Williams from Epiphany Catholic Church.
Midnight--Departure for the protest at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio
Wednesday, November 19, 2008:
9:30 to 10:15 AM--Local Silent Witness against the Execution--Old Stone Church, Public Square
There is still time to write to the Governor Ted Strickland:77 South High St,
Columbus, Ohio 43215
We pray for Gregory Bryant-Bey, Dale Pinkelman, and Peter Mihas, their friends and families, for forgiveness and reconciliation, and an end to capital punishment.
Richard Cooey was executed by the State of Ohio on October 14, 2008. May he rest in peace.
May Dawn McCreery and Wendy Offredo rest in peace.