Dameon Wesley timeline

Published: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 9:05 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 9:05 AM

Events related to the state parole board and the parole case of Dameon Lareese Wesley, Ohio inmate No. 289-569:

1994:
Wesley, then 19 years old, sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering his roommate, Marvin Williams Jr., by shooting him in the chest and in the head at point-blank range. Williams died Jan. 4.

2004:
Wesley denied parole, board cites five infractions and that “institutional conduct has been poor.”

2008:
Wesley denied parole, board states he obtained his GED but that “he is a more serious risk and not suitable for release.”

2010: Wesley denied parole, board states his release into society would “create undue risk to public safety and would not be in the interest of justice.”

Summer 2011: Dayton attorney Anthony VanNoy starts working on Wesley’s case and formulating a parole release plan.

June 18, 2012: Dayton Daily News reports Ohio’s parole release rate has fallen to 6.9 percent and that the pool of convicts now eligible for parole are largely composed of murderers adn child molesters. The parole release rate was 48.5 percent in 2004.

June 18, 2012: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr dismisses board members Cathy Collins-Taylor and Jose Torres, both appointees of former Gov. Ted Strickland, leaving the board with six acting members.

June 19, 2012: Wesley recommended for release during full-board hearing, board cites that Wesley has made “acceptable institutional adjustment” and that he has “formulated an appropriate release plan.” Five votes were still needed for a majority with a six-member board (with three vacancies).

July 2012: Mohr appoints Marc Houk, Andre Imbrogno and Ron Nelson Jr. to replace Collins-Taylor, Torres and Bobby Bogan, who left the board in June. Media reports state the appointees were “committed to (Mohr’s) reform efforts.”

Sept. 4, 2012: Wesley is released from prison and starts work at VanNoy’s law office, with duties such as filing, moving boxes and picking up lunch.

Jan. 14, 2013: Wesley’s last day working for VanNoy, who said he wanted to talk to Wesley about possibly returning to work.

Jan. 14: A rape complaint is made against Wesley by Dawan Culpepper, who had been Wesley’s girlfriend. The prosecutor’s office states it has “insufficient evidence” to charge Wesley. Ohio parole officials didn’t know of the allegation.

Jan. 21: VanNoy said Wesley was officially “released” from working at his firm.

Feb. 24: Police accuse Wesley of shooting Dawan Culpepper’s 13-year-old daughter, Briona Rodgers, in the head and causing Rodgers’ death. Police allege Wesley also shoots Rodgers’ cousin, Alonta Culpepper, in the head. Alonta Culpepper survives.

Feb. 26: Police arrest Wesley early Tuesday morning after he allegedly fled the scene of a hit-skip car crash. Wesley, 39, is booked into Montgomery County Jail and apologizes to the Culpepper family and to “guys up in prison who had faith in me.” Expected charges include one count of murder, three counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated burglary, one count of kidnapping, three counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon and one count of having weapons under disability.

March 8: Wesley scheduled for a preliminary hearing on felony charges.

May 2: Wesley was found dead in his cell at the Montgomery County Jail. His death is believed to be of natural causes.

Sources: Ohio Parole Board, police and court documents, media reports

The Dayton Daily News examined state parole records and interviewed dozens of people to find out what led to the parole board’s decision to release convicted killer Dameon Wesley from prison. Count on us to cover this issue as it unfolds.

Kirkersville Murders: 4 probation officers suspended for killer’s early release

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:36 PM

UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m. (May 26)

Four probation officers have been suspended for their roles in the early release of the man who killed his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief last month.

Thomas Hartless, 43, was released April 12 by the Licking County Probation Department. Following a Licking County Municipal Court investigation four officers were suspended for failure to complete various tasks, this news organization’s media partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

EARLIER REPORT (May 18)

The man responsible for the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief at a nursing home should not have been released early from jail.

The Licking County Probation Department director in Newark released a report today regarding its handling of Thomas Hartless’ case, our news partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

Licking County Municipal Court released Hartless, 43, on April 12 after he served 20 days of a 90-day sentence. He pleaded guilty March 23 to misdemeanor domestic violence charges involving three attacks on Medrano — in December, January and March, 10TV.com and the Newark Advocate reported. That decision was made in error, and bypassed established protocol.

"It has been uncommon for our court over the past seven years for early releases to be done on those offenders who have had violent backgrounds," Kevin Saad, director of the Licking County Court Municipal Probation Department wrote. 

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The investigative report highlights multiple issues with the handling of the Hartless case, which ultimately led to the May 12 shooting deaths of Medrano, a nurse, nurse's aide Cindy Krantzand Police Chief Eric DiSario at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville. Hartless then turned the gun on himself.

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Saad also noted that the additional domestic violence charges in January and March were violations of his pretrial probation supervision for the December 2016 offence, but that no actions were taken, the Advocate reported. A probation officer added a condition that Hartless not possess weapons, but no one visited his home to make sure he didn't have them, according to the newspaper. 

10tv.com reported that among 13 issues of concern outlined by Saad were: 

  • The recommendation to release Hartless was reviewed by the senior probation officer but he wasn't supposed to approve it 
  • The weight of an early release fell only on the recommendation of the interviewing probation officer 
  • The intensive support probation officer failed to take into account Hartless' record of violence 

The probation department is working to make changes to prevent further violence after a domestic violence offender is released from custody, 10tv.com and the Advocate reported. Those changes include:

  • A lethality risk assessment on a victims if the offender is eligible for early release
  • No contact orders to no violent contact orders in every domestic violence case 
  • Order domestic violence offenders to complete a domestic violence treatment program and be ordered to not possess weapons
  • Home checks within seven days of release to search for weapons
  • Mandatory GPS monitoring for offenders in appropriate circumstances
  • Continued training for probation officers on risk assessments
  • Mandatory home visits have a violence complaint has been levied against an offender on supervision.

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Serial rapist in Ohio prison linked to cold case in Richmond

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

A convicted serial rapist already serving a 15- to 125-year prison sentence could be facing new charges in a 30-year-old case. 

Richard Gwinn will now be charged with a cold case rape in Richmond, Indiana. He was moved to the Wayne County Jail in Richmond from his prison cell at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution.

Gwinn, who has admitted to committing no less than 30 rapes, has been locked up since 1990. He will be up for parole in 2020. The prison sentence he is serving are for rapes and burglaries in Auglaize, Shelby, Clark and Hamilton counties. 

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The Richmond rape was committed in 1987 but police did not make a link to Gwinn until 2013 when he already was incarcerated. Gwinn confessed to beating, binding and raping a woman in her bedroom investigators reported. 

Gwinn told police that he would chose victims randomly. He selected Wayne County for a crime because "nobody knew him there." 

Even if Gwinn gets out of prison in Ohio, he will be headed straight back to a Florida penitentiary to serve two life sentences for rape convictions in that state.

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Middle school teacher resigns amid student sexual battery allegation

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:50 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

A veteran Miamisburg Middle School teacher has resigned amid allegations of sexual contact with a student, according to the district. STAFF PHOTO

A veteran Miamisburg Middle School teacher resigned amid an allegation of sexual battery involving a student, according to the district.

The resignation of the unidentified woman came Wednesday, district Superintendent David Vail said, a day before Miami Twp. police began investigating a sexual offense at school on Miamisburg Springboro Pike, records show.

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Vail declined to confirm the name of the teacher, but said she had taught in the district for nine years. The superintendent said he first became aware of the allegations Tuesday morning, just prior to the start of the last day of school for students.

“Once we became aware ... the central office and human resources became involved,” Vail said.

He said “our investigation did not allege any sexual conduct.” But Vail said that the issue involved “some action that warranted further investigation,” and a decision was reached “that it was in her best interest to resign.”

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That occurred Wednesday, the last day for teachers, Vail said.

A sexual battery complaint report filed Thursday, and “we are cooperating fully with authorities,” Vail said.

“Because of the nature of the investigation, there’s a lot I’m not at liberty to discuss at this time,” he said.

This news organization has requested a copy of the former teacher’s personnel file and resignation letter.

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Police on Friday acknowledged the allegations, but declined to comment further. A police record the department released Friday indicates the initial report of the allegations came in about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

It lists “sexual offense” as the nature of the call and “sexual battery” as the description of the offense. Additional police reports were requested by this news organization. Authorities declined to release those documents, citing the ongoing investigation.

Jury returns verdict in Dayton murder trial

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:26 AM

Jamarko Walker Jr.

UPDATE @ 4:57 p.m. (May 26)

A jury has returned a verdict in the case against Jamarko Walker Jr., 22, who is charged with murder and other felonies stemming from the October 2016 fatal shooting of Brandon Lanier.

The jury found Walker guilty of murder, according to proceedings today in Judge Richard Skelton’s courtroom.

Walker is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

UPDATE @ 9:58 a.m. (May 26)

A jury will be deciding the fate of a man accused in a fatal shooting on Riverside Drive last October.

Jamarko Walker Jr. is accused of multiple felonies, including murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery.

The jury is expected to receive the case and a verdict could be reached at any time.

INITIAL REPORT:

The trial for a man accused in the shooting death of Brandon Lanier on Riverside Drive in Dayton last October began this morning.

Jamarko Walker Jr., 22, is charged with multiple felonies, including murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery.

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According to prosecutors, Walker was charged following a shooting in the 3300 block of Riverside Oct. 25. 

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During the shooting investigation, officers found Lanier had been shot and ultimately died from his injuries.  Three other shooting victims were taken to local hospitals by private citizens, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Walker, Lanier and a co-defendant in the case, Curtis McShann, went to the Riverside Drive address and attempted to commit a robbery of the people living at the house.

During the incident multiple shots were fired from both inside and outside the residence, prosecutors said.

McShann’s trial is set for August, according to court records.
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