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Parole Board to decide on mercy for convicted Ohio killer

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

COLUMBUS, OH (WTAQ) - The Parole Board in Ohio was scheduled to decide today whether to spare the life of a death row inmate who committed a crime spree in Ohio, Wisconsin, and four other states.

48-year-old Frederick Treesh is asking for clemency, almost a month before he’s scheduled to be executed on March 6th.

Treesh was condemned for shooting a 58-year-old security guard to death while robbing an adult bookstore at Eastlake in Northeast Ohio in August of 1994. It was the final crime in a series of bank and business robberies, sexual assaults, car-jackings, and another shooting death in Michigan.

There was no immediate word on what the Wisconsin crimes were. The courts have no record of them, since Ohio was the only state where Treesh was prosecuted.

Last month, his lawyers made their case for clemency. They told the Ohio parole board that Treesh was high on cocaine at the time of the bookstore killing, and he regrets what happened.

But prosecutors said it’s clear that Treesh has still not taken responsibility for what he did. The board’s recommendation will go to Ohio Governor John Kasich, who makes the final decision. 

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