No Biros clemency, board recommends

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Parole Board this morning recommended against clemency for convicted killer Kenneth Biros of Trumbull County, convicted in the 1991 dismemberment killing of Tami Engstrom of Hubbard.

Gov. Ted Strickland will decide whether Biros will live or die.

The seven parole board members “reached a unanimous decision to provide an unfavorable recommendation” to the governor, its report said.

The board said Biros’ crimes outweighed any possible mitigating factors.

“The brutality and violence exhibited in the offense outweigh the mitigating factors surrounding Mr. Biros’ life prior to the offense, and his adjustment to incarceration,” its report concludes.

Biros was convicted in October 1991 of multiple charges including aggravated murder and sentenced to death. He is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville. He was 33 when imprisoned.

U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost granted an injunction recently that stayed Biros’ execution pending a further order from the court. But a state Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections spokeswoman said today that the department continues to make preparations for the Jan. 23 execution in the event a stay is lifted.

According to investigators, Engstrom drove to the Nickelodeon Lounge in Masury on Feb. 7, 1991, to visit her uncle, who was a regular patron of the tavern. Engstrom reportedly had several drinks and passed out. She was 22 years old.

When she awoke, Biros volunteered to take her home but she apparently never made it there. Her whereabouts remained undiscovered until a couple of days later.

Investigators had questioned Biros and informed him that he was reported to be the last person to see Engstrom alive. Biros, according to state documents, then confessed killing Engstrom and mutilating and dismembering her body.

Parts of Engstrom’s body were found scattered in two Pennsylvania counties and in the trunk of Biros’ car. Engstrom’s ring was found hidden in the ceiling of Biros’ home.

An autopsy disclosed that Engstrom had suffered 91 injuries before death that indicate a severe beating and sexual mutilation, state records say.

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