COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has asked the Parole Board to determine whether the felony conviction of a woman who used her father's address to enroll her children in a neighboring school district was an appropriate punishment.
Akron resident Kelley Williams-Bolar spent nine days in jail after a jury convicted her of falsifying documents to enroll her daughters in the Copley-Fairlawn schools from 2006 to 2008. The felony record precludes her from following through on plans to become a teacher.
After a legal team review, Kasich said Tuesday he believes the case merits Parole Board attention. The panel will determine whether to let the conviction stand, reduce the charge or pardon the woman.
Kasich has received letters, e-mails, phone calls and 165,000 petition signatures from around the country since the case gained national attention.