WARREN - The Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office heard Thursday that a local convicted killer was denied release by Ohio's Parole Board.
The decision on 41-year-old Sheldon Jackson marks the third local inmate serving time for murder and a fourth convicted of rape that have been turned down for prison release in the last month.
Miriam Fife, victim-witness advocate in the prosecutor's office, said Jackson must serve 10 more years, until May 2023, before getting another chance at parole.
Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins calls Sheldon Jackson a ''sociopath'' and says he should never be released from prison. He has served nearly 19 years of a 20-year-to-life sentence for the murder of an elderly man from his neighborhood Aug. 30, 1993.
Two teenagers were convicted as co-defendants in the case, including one who still remains behind bars.
A three-judge panel sentenced Jackson - currently in Grafton Correctional Institution - for the aggravated murder of Theodore Emerson. They could have opted to send him to prison for 30 years to life.
He also was sentenced to concurrent prison terms for the attempted murder of Emerson's wife, Cathryn, 72, the burglary of their home at 1444 Jefferson St. S.W., the robbery of Emerson, and the unrelated robbery of Ralph Boyle, 136 Vermont N.W., which occurred earlier the same evening. Mrs. Emerson has since died.
Jackson, who was 22 years old, pleaded guilty to the indictment in exchange for the death penalty not being considered. The case qualified for the death penalty because it involved a murder performed along with another felony crime.
Police said the trio forced its way into the Emersons' home and knocked Emerson into the basement. While two of them followed Theodore into the basement and severely beat him, a third went upstairs and beat and stabbed Mrs. Emerson.
Some personal items and $46 were stolen in the attack.
In other denials:
l Ohio parole authorities denied parole for a convicted killer who gunned down his ex-in-laws in Newton Township in 1980.
John Frederick Johnson, 57, has remained in an Ohio prison cell for more than 30 years and still remains a prime suspect in a murder in Canada.
Prosecutors and family members of the victims formally opposed the parole.
The state parole board said Johnson will not get another chance at parole until April 2018. He also remains in Grafton Correctional Institution.
He ambushed and killed Wyoma P. Teutsch, 55, and wounded her husband, Robert, just outside their Grand Boulevard home within a year after a divorce from their daughter, Terri.
Authorities theorized at the time that Johnson was intent on retaliation over visitation arrangements with his two children and fallout from the marriage split.
Johnson still could be sent to Canada to stand trial there for a murder committed after the Newton Township shootings. He remains charged as the prime suspect in the Dec. 24, 1981, murder of a man in Fort Langley, British Columbia.
At the time, Johnson had fled the area after the Newton Township murder and was living under the alias of Michael John Drayer until he was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
l Convicted murderer Clifford ''Sonny'' Belden, 52, also was turned down for parole and must serve at least three more years.
Currently in Grafton Correctional Institution, Belden already has spent 27 years behind bars on a sentence of 18 years to life. He was last turned down for parole in July 2011.
Belden, in 1986, pleaded guilty to the murder of Gregory Tonkovich, 18, and the shooting, or attempted murder, of his ex-wife, Kelly. He also was convicted of a gun specification since a firearm was used in the Dec. 29, 1985, shooting.
The two victims were shot in front of Belden's 2-year-old daughter.
l Watkins also successfully urged the parole board to keep the 54-year-old former Warren man behind bars for five more years and until he completes his whole seven-to-25-year prison sentence for rape and gross sexual imposition.
James Rensel, currently at Southeastern Correctional Institution, must remain behind bars until at least September 2018.
The prosecutor called Rensel a ''traveling pedophile'' who served 19 years and four months of his maximum sentence when his parole hearing was held in July.
After convictions for indecent exposure in California in 1981 and a weapons charge in Pennsylvania that he received probation for, Rensel moved to Warren, where he was indicted for the sexual assault in 1993 of the 9-year-old girl.
The victim insisted she and another girl were repeatedly sexually assaulted by Rensel with Rensel denying any wrongdoing.
Rensel flunked a subsequent polygraph examination and pleaded guilty to sex charges.