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Board rejects mercy for condemned Ohio killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio parole board has unanimously rejected a plea for mercy from a condemned man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard in northeast Ohio.

The board’s recommendation Friday against clemency comes just less than a month before Frederick Treesh’s scheduled execution March 6.

Treesh was sentenced to die for shooting 58-year-old Henry Dupree during a robbery in Eastlake on Aug. 27, 1994.

Treesh’s attorneys described him as a cocaine addict who was high during the robbery and is deeply sorry for what happened.

Prosecutors contend Treesh intentionally murdered Dupree and tried to kill others, including police officers in pursuit, after a three-week spree of increasingly violent crimes, including a killing at a Michigan video store two days before the Ohio slaying.

Gov. John Kasich has the final say.

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