BIROS UPDATE: Engstrom's sister says apology not sincere

LUCASVILLE — Convicted Trumbull County murderer Kenneth Biros apologized and thanked his family and friends for their support and prayers before being executed Tuesday morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.

But Biros did not look at the family members of the woman he murdered in 1991 as he lay dying on in the execution chamber.

"I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart," he said shortly before the lethal injection was administered and he was pronounced dead. He added, "Now I'm paroled to my father in heaven. I get to spend the holidays with my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Peace to you all. Amen."

Cheri Heiss, sister of the murder victim, said the apology was not sincere.

"He didn't really look me or anyone in the eye when he said that," she said. "And he said it so fast, it was definitely not a meaningful statement by any means. There was nothing behind that ... It did not come from the heart. The only reason Kenny Biros is sorry is because he got caught, and believe me this is not the first time he's done this."

Biros, 51, was convicted in the February 1991 murder of Tami Engstrom, a 22-year-old woman who he offered to drive home from a Masury bar. The victim was murdered, mutilated and dismembered, with parts of her body scattered in two Pennsylvania counties.