Local prisoners among 167 under consideration for release

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Gov. Mike DeWine said they are only considering an early release for prisoners that meet specific criteria

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(WKBN) – Several Trumbull County prisoners are among the 167 inmates across Ohio under consideration for an early release amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine announced during a press conference that certain inmates scheduled for release within the next 90 days may be released sooner to improve social distancing in state prisons.

He said they are only considering an early release for prisoners that meet specific criteria.

“We will not be sending murderers, sex offenders and the like home early,” DeWine said.

According to Gov. DeWine’s website, inmates will not be considered for release if they:

  • Were convicted of serious charges, such as sex offenses, homicide-related offenses, kidnapping, abduction, ethnic intimidation, making terroristic threats or domestic violence
  • Were previously denied judicial release
  • Have prior incarceration in Ohio
  • Are an inter-state offender
  • Have active warrants or detainers
  • Have had a serious prison rule violation in the past five years

There are 141 inmates under consideration this way, including eight from the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg:

  • David Bachtel
  • Steven Ball
  • Abram Boyd, Jr.
  • Daniel Cook
  • Chad Dotson
  • Joshua Gracyk
  • Craig Mahoney
  • Cameron Tillis

An additional 26 inmates are also under consideration, including Paul Theisler, Jr., who is at the Trumbull Correctional Institution.

According to DeWine, these inmates are above the age of 60 and suffer from one or more chronic heart conditions:

DeWine said these selected inmates have already served over half of their sentences and meet similar criteria to the other prisoners under consideration.

The governor wants judges and prosecutors to waive the 60-day notice for the 26 inmates, allowing these cases to go directly to the parole board.

One prisoner from the Trumbull Correctional Institute was named among these 26 inmates who are older or have pre-existing conditions.

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