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Judge axes parole option for Anthony Sowell

2:03 PM, Jul 27, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND  -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose has ruled that a Cleveland jury will consider either life in prison with no parole or the death penalty when sentencing convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.

Parole will not be a possibility for Sowell, 51.  He was convicted Friday of aggravated murder and other charges in the deaths of 11 women whose remains were found at his Imperial Avenue home.

Sowell had been charged with 85 counts.

A jury convicted Sowell Friday on 82 counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and other charges. He was found not guilty on one count of robbery amd Ambrose had previously dismissed two counts.  

Ambrose ruled Wednesday that Sowell was a repeat violent offender and sexual violent predator - specifications in the indictment that Sowell had waived his right for a jury to consider.

The specifications eliminate the chance for parole.

Ambrose also granted a defense motion to lead Sowell through an unsworn question-and-answer statement during the sentencing phase, which begins Aug. 1.

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