A condemned man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard at the end of a multistate crime spree "gratuitously brutalized" innocent people who posed no threat to him, the Ohio Parole Board said yesterday in rejecting the inmate's plea for mercy.
A condemned man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard at the end of a multistate crime spree “gratuitously brutalized” innocent people who posed no threat to him, the Ohio Parole Board said yesterday in rejecting the inmate’s plea for mercy.
Frederick Treesh, sentenced to die for killing Henry Dupree in a 1994 robbery, had argued that he accepted responsibility for the killing but that it was an unintended consequence of a struggle for a gun while he was high.
The parole board disagreed, ruling unanimously that the evidence showed Dupree was seated when shot and hadn’t shown any sign of being a threat to Treesh. The board also said Treesh’s decision to shoot a clerk in the face as he left the store suggests Treesh’s “murderous intent” when coming to the store.
Treesh and his co-defendant “gratuitously brutalized, humiliated and killed innocent people, most of whom, like Dupree, posed no real or perceived threat to them,” the board said.
The decision came just under a month before Treesh’s scheduled March 6 execution. Gov. John Kasich has the final say.
Prosecutors say Treesh, 48, and the co-defendant robbed banks and businesses, committed sexual assaults, stole cars, committed carjackings and shot someone to death in a Michigan robbery during a spree that also took them to Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Treesh was sentenced to die in Ohio for killing Dupree in the town of Eastlake on the shore of Lake Erie.
Attorneys for Treesh argued for clemency last week, while prosecutors presented their case against sparing Treesh for a murder they say was intentional.
Treesh’s attorneys described him as a cocaine addict who was high during the robbery and is deeply sorry for what happened.
His lawyers also alleged Treesh’s rights were violated during a prolonged interrogation as he was coming down from a drug high, which contributed to his death sentence. They also say Treesh suffers from health problems, including a seizure disorder, that raise concerns Ohio’s lethal injection process would cause him suffering amounting to cruel and unusual punishment.