Trumbull prosecutor asks for Terrance Stargell to remain in prison

By Ed Runyan


A 45-year-old former Warren man sent to prison at 18 for raping, robbing and beating a 62-year-old disabled Warren woman and killing her dog is eligible for parole in December.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is urging the Ohio Parole Board to reject parole for Terrance Stargell, who was released once in 2009 after serving 22 years in prison.

Stargell, who lived on Jackson Street Southwest, was convicted of raping a woman living on Loveless Avenue Southwest in the former Westlawn housing project near the former Warren Western Reserve High School in 1987.

Stargell and a 27-year-old woman entered the woman’s home, with the woman taking many of the older woman’s belongings. Stargell, meanwhile, tied the woman up, killed her dog and raped her.

Police were able to solve the crime by following a trail of the victim’s belongings to the home of Stargell’s accomplice. The victim identified the woman and Stargell through lineup photos.

A Trumbull County judge sentenced Stargell in 1987 to 15 to 70 years in prison for the crimes.

After being paroled in early 2009, he went back to prison in March of that year for violating terms of his parole by stalking a female manager at the Dollar General store in Campbell, according to a letter Watkins wrote to the parole board.

The woman wrote a letter to the parole board in 2010, asking him to be kept in prison because of her concerns about Stargell harming her or her family.

The woman said Stargell, who was living in Campbell at the time, tried to date her, but she was not interested. Stargell sat repeatedly in his car in the store parking lot while she worked and tried talking to her inside the store.

Store management ordered him away, but he tried to buy milk one day, then pulled a knife on a male co-worker and threatened him after the male co-worker told Stargell to leave the woman alone. That was the offense that sent him back to prison, Watkins said.

Stargell also has committed about 70 violations in prison, including eight since 2010, Watkins said.

“This man has not yet served half of his 70-year sentence and has shown by his actions and conduct, both in and out of prison, that he is incorrigible and a depraved violent offender who should remain behind bars for his full sentence,” Watkins said.

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