Judge has stern words for child killer in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County judge had strong words for a man who killed his 1-year-old daughter.

“This is pure evil. This is Michael Myers kind of stuff here,” said Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.

Thursday, 30-year-old Marc Flora pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in connection to the baby’s brutal death.

Police said the baby was stabbed in the neck last August inside a house in the 200 block of Penhale Avenue. Prosecutors said the child had been stabbed at least eight times.

Two other children were home at the time but were unharmed.

Flora called police after the child had been stabbed. He told them that he blacked out, and when he came to, the baby was dead, according to a police report.

Although Flora’s lawyer said there were no excuses for this crime, his client had suffered from mental health issues most of his life.

“An old family acquaintance would feed him LSD and psychedelic drugs for the amusement of watching a child run around and act crazy,” said Attorney Doug Taylor.

But the victim’s uncle — Flora’s brother-in-law — told the judge that Flora needs to be held accountable.

“He knew what he did before he did it. He knew what he was doing while he was doing it,” said Adam McClarren.

The charge against Flora calls for mandatory life imprisonment, but the judge questioned at one point why prosecutors never sought death penalty charges.

“Personally, frankly, life without parole is too nice for you,” Krichbaum said.

In the end, Judge Krichbaum sentenced Flora to life in prison with the eligibility for parole in 30 years. He said even though Flora is eligible for parole, he hopes he is never released.

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