July 25, 2016

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State parole board hears school residency case of Akron woman

COLUMBUS — An Ohio woman jailed after using her father’s address to enroll her children in a neighboring school district tells the state parole board she’s remorseful for lying and would do things differently if given the chance.

Kelley Williams-Bolar got emotional as she testified during her clemency hearing today.

Williams-Bolar spent nine days in jail after a jury convicted her of felony records tampering to enroll her daughters in the Copley-Fairlawn schools from 2006 to 2008. She said the conviction could interfere with her plans to become a teacher.

Prosecutors defend the decision to bring felony charges, saying the Akron woman willingly broke the law.

Gov. John Kasich requested the parole board proceeding.

The panel will recommend to the governor whether to pardon Williams-Bolar. Kasich will have the final say.