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Girts will remain in prison for at least 10 more years

Published: Fri, August 8, 2014 @ 9:55 p.m.


A Poland native convicted of the 1992 cyanide poisoning death of his third wife won’t be eligible for parole for at least 10 more years.

When Robert Girts, 61, a former embalmer, pleaded guilty last January to involuntary manslaughter and insurance fraud in the death of Diane Jones Girts, his defense attorneys and Cuyahoga County prosecutors agreed on a recommended sentence of six to 30 years in prison. Girts was given credit for the 15 years he served for two previous murder convictions which were overturned. The judge left it up to the Ohio Parole Board to determine how much time Girts would spend in prison.

This week the parole board decided that would be at least 10 more years. Girts won’t be eligible for parole until May 2024. He is housed at the Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield.

Read more about the case in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


1Ianacek(907 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Robert Girts had incredibly bad luck with 2 wives dying young . Another divorced him , complaining of being beaten . Another went into hiding saying he had threatened to kill her while on bail .

He has the capacity to tell the most improbable stories without a hint of nervousness . The Court has worked out he is no ordinary miscreant able to feel remorse & learn from his mistakes . They are righly keeping Mr Girts "secure" for along time .

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