Vrabel- No Clemency

Board recommends no clemency for man who killed girlfriend, daughter

The Ohio Parole Board today recommended that Governor Taft not spare the life of a man convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend and their three-year-old daughter in the head.

The board voted 8-nothing against recommending clemency for Stephen Vrabel, The 47-year-old has dropped his appeals and asked to be put to death as scheduled on July 14th. Taft can let the death sentence stand or reduce it.

Vrabel killed Susan and Lisa Clemente on March Third, 1989, at their eastern Ohio home in Struthers. Prosecutors never established a motive.

He would be the second Ohio death row inmate to voluntarily abandon court appeals to speed his execution since Ohio resumed using the death penalty in 1999. The first was Wilford Berry, who was called "The Volunteer."