August 27 – A man serving a 20-year to life sentence after being convicted of being an accomplice in the brutal 1995 stabbing of a Franklin store clerk was denied parole this week for a third time.
Genis McGuire Jr., 64, appeared in June for a hearing at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution where he is in custody. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections continued that hearing on Aug. 9 before a Central Office Board Review. The decision was released Friday and set out the ODRC’s rationale for refusing parole.
“Offender McGuire has served a life sentence for more than 27 years. The perpetrator’s case is compounded by the case-specific factors of extreme violence, with the female victim being stabbed multiple times resulting in her death,” the report said.
Shop assistant Ellen New was stabbed more than 60 times.
The report cited McGuire’s “extensive criminal history.”
“The offender completed the relevant programming but had some difficulty discussing ways he could reduce his risk in the community. There is strong opposition to consider,” the report says. “The aggravating factors in this case lead the Council to conclude that release would demean the seriousness of the crime and not advance the importance of justice.”
The probation commission also noted, “There is substantial reason to believe that the detainee will engage in further criminal conduct, or that the detainee will not comply with any terms of release that may be established” under the administrative rules.
According to the document, McGuire’s next hearing will be on June 1, 2025.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said: “Our office does not believe that Mr. McGuire would ever get out of prison, so we would have liked to see a longer period of time before he would be eligible for parole again. But we are grateful to the Parole Board for this.” decision.”
Complicity in aggravated murder
McGuire and his co-defendant, Willie Ledford, stopped at the Dairy Mart store on East Second Street in Franklin sometime after midnight on Jan. 6, 1995, according to a summary from the Warren County State Department.
According to the summary, Ledford went inside while McGuire waited in the car. Ledford tried to get money from the till, then grabbed the clerk on duty, Ellen New, by the hair and dragged her out of the Dairy Mart into the waiting room. vehicle.
Ledford beat and stabbed New, then he and McGuire dumped her body on a country road and set the car on fire in an attempt to hide evidence, according to the prosecution’s summary.
McGuire testified against Ledford, with Ledford being the main perpetrator.
After McGuire pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of complicity in aggravated murder, the court dismissed two counts of aggravated murder with four specifications; four counts of kidnapping, two counts of violent theft; and a single count of tampering with evidence.
Interestingly, the three-member panel that heard the Ledford case found that Ledford was not a “prime offender.” This is in line with the view of law enforcement officials at the time who believed, and still believe, that McGuire was far more involved than he admitted, according to the Warren County Attorney’s Office.
Ledford died in prison in 2014.
McGuire’s brother was executed
McGuire’s brother, Dennis, was executed by lethal injection on January 16, 2014 for the 1989 rape and murder of Joy Stewart, 22, of Preble County, who was newly married and 30 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.
Dennis McGuire’s execution used a new combination of two drugs of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. The two drugs had never been used before in an execution in the US. The state switched to the new drugs because pentobarbital, the only drug previously used, is no longer available because manufacturers will not sell it for use in executions.
Dennis McGuire’s execution sparked international attention and legal trouble after he gasped and took longer than usual to die.