Brian Prichard (Provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)
Larry Kincer was just 20 years old when he was brutally gunned down. (www.findagrave.com)
Larry Kincer is buried at Walnut Hills Cemetery (www.findagrave.com)
NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) -
A man convicted of participating in the 1994 execution-style murder of a 20-year-old Norwood man will be released from prison early next year.
The Ohio Parole Board has granted Brian Prichard, 43, a projected release date on or after Jan. 2, 2018, said Grant Doepel a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Prichard's release is on the condition he successfully complete a reintegration unit, or a program to help him adjust to life outside of prison.
The decision came Wednesday despite the board receiving about 1,000 letters requesting he remain locked up.
"The Board finds that inmate Prichard has served a sufficient portion of his sentence, has been maintaining an acceptable institutional adjustment, and has completed programming to abate his risk to re-offend, thereby rendering him suitable for release following successful completion of a reintegration unit," Doepel said.
Prichard, who lived in Springfield Township, is one of two men sentenced to 20 years to life for his part in the murder of Larry Kincer.
Prichard was convicted of murder, felonious assault and attempted burglary.
The other convicted murderer is Matthew May, who shot Kincer in the head and killed him on May 7, 1994.
Prichard and May were part of a gang that committed a home invasion-type burglary and felonious assault that day to take revenge on someone who hurt May's brother, according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.
Earlier in the day, prosecutor say the group was able to get a gun from Randall Edens’ father’s bar.
Prosecutors give the following account of Kincer's murder:
After leaving the scene of the burglary, the group returned to Prichard’s car, and headed to Norwood.
They talked along the way about beating up the person who hurt May’s brother.
The group remarked that they were going to “pop” somebody.
Prichard turned his car down Burwood Street in Norwood.
Everyone in the car saw who they thought was the person they were looking for walking down the street.
Prichard shouted: “That’s him.”
Everyone in the car told May to “go get him.”
But the person they saw was Kincer, a random stranger who had nothing to do with May’s brother.
Prichard stopped the car.
May got out and walked toward Kincer.
Kincer ran when May pulled out the gun.
May pursued Kincer, who tripped and fell backwards.
May fired two fatal shots at Kincer and returned to the car.
Prichard commended May on his actions “That’s my boy, that’s my boy!”