Killer Edward Anderson wants freed early

By Peter H. Milliken


A 68-year-old man, who has served more than nine years of a 13-year prison term for fatally shooting his girlfriend in the back, is asking Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to release him from the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus.

Edward C. Anderson filed the motion Nov. 20, and his lawyer, Edward A. Czopur, filed a supplement to it Tuesday. Judge Evans has not ruled on it.

Anderson had already served 982 days in jail when Judge Evans sentenced him on March 30, 2007, to 10 years for voluntary manslaughter and three consecutive years for the accompanying firearm specification.

Anderson fatally shot his girlfriend, Mary M. Thompson, 37, in their East Philadelphia Avenue home July 15, 2004, after a domestic dispute.

Anderson’s jury trial on the initial murder charge ended abruptly March 21, 2007, when he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

If Anderson were to serve his sentence in full, he would be released from prison July 7, 2017, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

In his supplement, Czopur wrote that judicial release is appropriate because Anderson has no other criminal record and has been a model inmate.

Anderson also is a Vietnam War Army combat veteran, whose health has deteriorated and who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental ailments, Czopur wrote.

“His health problems, coupled with his age and lack of a prior record, lead to the conclusion that, when released, Mr. Anderson is unlikely to reoffend,” Czopur wrote.

Judge Evans denied judicial release motions Anderson had filed in March and June 2012.

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