The judge who granted early release from jail to the gunman who killed his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief May 12 has identified problems with the release and supervision of Thomas Hartless and outlined steps being taken to address how offenders on probation for domestic violence are supervised in the future.

Licking County Municipal Judge Michael F. Higgins released the report May 18 as part of his review of how probation officers supervised Hartless after his release. The investigation, conducted by Kevin Saad, director of the Licking County Municipal Court Adult Probation Department, identified several “areas of concern” in the post-release supervision of Hartless.

Higgins sentenced Hartless on March 23 to 90 days in jail and two years on probation for assaulting girlfriend Marlina Medrano. On April 12, Higgins signed an entry that released Hartless from jail and placed him on probation for one year.

Hartless, 43, went to the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on May 12 and fatally shot Medrano, 46, co-worker Cindy Krantz, 48, and Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario, 38, who had responded to the scene. Hartless then shot himself.

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