Families urge prosecutor to accept plea in Cleveland Strangler - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Families urge prosecutor to accept plea in Cleveland Strangler death case

Families of the Cleveland Strangler's victims have signed a petition, urging the prosecutor to accept a guilty plea with life in prison for the accused serial killer.

The plea would remove the death penalty for Anthony Sowell.

Family members signed the petition last Friday, but at least two families have not signed it... they are clear that they want "death."

Prosecutor Bill Mason says his office has not received the petition and have no comment.

The bodies of eleven women were found in and around Sowell's Imperial Avenue home in 2009.

PETITION TO THE PROSECUTOR TO ACCEPT DEFENDANT ANTHONY SOWELL'S GUILTY PLEA WITH A SENTENCE OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE

We, the family members of the victims of the Imperial Avenue Murders, hereby petition to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office to accept the guilty pleas of Anthony Sowell with a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

We do not want to endure a trial. We do not want to be witnesses to a media spectacle where our loved ones' lives and the details of the horrendous criminal acts inflicted upon them are spotlighted. We do not believe a costly and lengthy trial, with millions of dollars spent on multiple appeals, would deliver any degree of comfort or closure.

We are aware that likely appeals could make this case drag on for years or even decades to come. The death penalty for Anthony Sowell is not necessary, or even desirable, in comparison to the grief we families will continue to suffer under the realities and uncertainties of the criminal justice system.

We feel that our voices have not been heard as victims' families. A prolonged trial and re-enactment of Sowell's demented actions will create great distress on the families of the victims. Also, some closure and a measure of justice would be achieved by physically being present and witnessing Anthony Sowell stand before the Court and community and acknowledge his guilt to all these murders, as well as to the victimization of others who survived.

We, therefore, request that Prosecutor Bill Mason reconsider his stance rejecting Anthony Sowell's plea offer in this case and respect our wishes as victims.

Copyright 2011 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Right lane of I-10 EB blocked at Calcasieu River Bridge

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Right lane of I-10 EB blocked at Calcasieu River Bridge

    Friday, September 22 2017 4:20 PM EDT2017-09-22 20:20:44 GMT
    I-10 EB right lane blocked at bridge (Source: Google)I-10 EB right lane blocked at bridge (Source: Google)

    The right lane of I-10 eastbound is blocked at the Calcasieu River Bridge because of a disabled truck. Traffic congestion is approaching four miles, nearing La. 108.

    More >>

    The right lane of I-10 eastbound is blocked at the Calcasieu River Bridge because of a disabled truck. Traffic congestion is approaching four miles, nearing La. 108.

    More >>
  • Video perfectly captures what Fall feels like in the South

    Video perfectly captures what Fall feels like in the South

    Friday, September 22 2017 4:11 PM EDT2017-09-22 20:11:32 GMT
    (Source: It's a Southern Thing)(Source: It's a Southern Thing)

    It's the first day of Fall in SWLA and if you walk outside right now you definitely wouldn't know it. A video posted by "It's a Southern Thing" Facebook page perfectly puts into perspective what Fall is like here in the South.  When It's "Fall" in the South The video is going viral with 123,000 shares and 2.2 Million views and we understand why. We can totally relate because Fall is our favorite week of the year too. According to 7Stormteam meteoro...

    More >>

    It's the first day of Fall in SWLA and if you walk outside right now you definitely wouldn't know it. A video posted by "It's a Southern Thing" Facebook page perfectly puts into perspective what Fall is like here in the South.  When It's "Fall" in the South The video is going viral with 123,000 shares and 2.2 Million views and we understand why. We can totally relate because Fall is our favorite week of the year too. According to 7Stormteam meteoro...

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Serious structure fire reported in Jeff Davis Parish

    Serious structure fire reported in Jeff Davis Parish

    Friday, September 22 2017 3:57 PM EDT2017-09-22 19:57:47 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Parish OEP is reporting a serious structure fire in Jeff Davis Parish Friday afternoon.

    The Iowa Fire Department and Jeff Davis Fire Department are responding to a "fully-involved" structure fire at 21242 Clifton Road, said OEP Director Dick Gremillion.

    More >>

    Calcasieu Parish OEP is reporting a serious structure fire in Jeff Davis Parish Friday afternoon.

    The Iowa Fire Department and Jeff Davis Fire Department are responding to a "fully-involved" structure fire at 21242 Clifton Road, said OEP Director Dick Gremillion.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly