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FOX19 Exclusive: Digging deeper into Kirkland's parole

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By Corey McConnell - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Parole Board says they never got a letter from the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office opposing the parole of Anthony Kirkland in 2003.

Kirkland is the convicted killer and sex offender who admitted to killing 13-year old Esme Kenney and setting her body on fire. He's also charged with killing 14-year old Casonya Crawford and 45-year old Mary Jo Newton, and burning their bodies.

He's been called a monster, a serial murderer and an animal. He was in prison for manslaughter until 2003, when he was paroled.

A letter was obtained by FOX19 from the Ohio Adult Parole Authority that was sent to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and the Prosecutor's Office, notifying them of Kirkland's parole hearing.

"We would write a letter in opposition to that send to the parole board with a review of facts and why we feel the person should serve the full sentence," said Julie Wilson with the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

That's exactly what Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deter's office did in 1997, when Kirkland was up for parole the first time. The letter described Kirkland's crime as brutal and violent.

Kirkland was denied parole and set for another hearing in 2008, but a court ruling forced the parole board to hold another hearing in 2003.

The prosecutors office is still looking for a letter written in 2003 to oppose parole.

Mike Allen was prosecutor at the time.

"If that letter would have been received by the prosecutors office it would've been responded to in the negative don't release this person," said Allen.

But in a letter to FOX19, attorneys for the parole board say there is no record of any input from the prosecutors office regarding Kirkland's release.

FOX19 has also requested any letters written from the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court opposing Kirkland's parole.


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