The Ohio Parole board has recommended against clemency for a death row inmate Charles Lorraine, who was convicted of stabbing an elderly Warren couple to death back in 1986 as part of a robbery.
His attorneys told the parole board that he suffered from an abusive childhood at the hands of his parents. Further, doctors said he suffered from brain damage due to some sort of trauma or injury. Lorraine’s defense said those two factors contributed to his violent behavior. And there were questions as to whether Lorraine was properly represented when tried in court.
But the Ohio Parole Board, in a unanimous decision, recommended against clemency. It points out there has never been a question about Lorraine’s guilt. And the board also notes that Lorraine’s five siblings, who also suffered abuse in the home, did not have significant criminal records.
It’s now up to Governor Kasich to decide whether to accept the parole board’s recommendation against clemency.