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Clemency is denied; Charles Lorraine to die Jan. 18

Published: Wed, January 11, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.



By Marc Kovac



Gov. John Kasich has denied clemency for Charles Lorraine, the Trumbull County man sentenced to death for the brutal knifing murder of an elderly couple more than 25 years ago.

He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection next Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Pending any last-minute legal challenge or other unforeseen issue, he would be the first death-row inmate put to death in 2012.

Kasich’s decision is in line with the unanimous recommendation of the state parole board, which last month concluded that there was no question of Lorraine’s guilt in the murders, that he received a fair trial, that his five brothers and sisters have managed “relatively crime-free lives” despite their difficult childhoods and that he was not mentally retarded, as was argued as part of an earlier appeal.

“This was a brutal slaying of two vulnerable victims in their own home,” the board wrote. “A sentence short of the jury’s finding of death and the court’s imposed death sentence would demean the seriousness of this offense.”

Lorraine received the death penalty for the May 1986 knifing deaths of Raymond and Doris Montgomery, the latter confined to a bed at the time. Lorraine stabbed both multiple times before ransacking their Warren home and using the money and personal items he stole to buy drinks for friends at a bar.

Public defenders have argued that Lorraine displays evidence of a traumatic brain injury that has affected his thinking abilities and judgment. They also say his original legal counsel provided an inept defense that led to the death penalty over a lengthy prison sentence.

But prosecutors called Lorraine a con artist with a long history of anti-social and criminal behavior who has lied and exaggerated to avoid the death penalty.

“This is certainly an offense — I should say offenses — by a career criminal against helpless senior citizens in such a brutal manner without conscience,” said Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins. “In fact, he celebrated their deaths by buying drinks. This truly is one of the worst of the worst.”


1dck516(25 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Can I push the button :)

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2kensgirl(1061 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Let the victim's relatives have the first crack at him. If he survives THEN you can push the button.

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3fcb(463 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Finally the Gov. makes a right decision.

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4steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I remember when this terrible crime happened.
This scumbag went to the Olympic Inn,bought drinks for friends with the money he stole from the Montgomerys' and later bragged about what a "bad a$$" gangster he was .

The Montgomerys' were a nice elderly couple who befriended this loser by hireing him to do odd jobs around their home.

There has never been any question of guilt and he was given a fair trial.
The only injustice about this case is that it's taken more than 25 years for the Montgomery family to see justice for their loved ones may they rest in peace.

We're still waiting for that fat ape Hill to pay for what he did to little Raymond Fife.
Somehow he's managed to elude the needle for well over 2 decades.

Again another pos who's guilt has never been in quetion.
I strongly favor the death sentence in cases such as these

It shouldn't decades,thousands upon thousands of dollars in tax payer expenses,countless hours of wasted court time and endless agony for the families of victims to recieve justice and closure.

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5rob0923(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm glad this scum bag will die on the 18th, but why does it take 20 plus years to get justice. Now if only the scum that murdered Bill Basilone will be put to death much sooner. May they rot in Hell.

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6southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Why has it taken 25 years to get justice for the victims?

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