Jury recommends life sentence in Ohio woman’s slaying

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – Jurors have recommended life in prison with no chance of parole for a Kentucky man convicted of killing 87-year-old Ohio woman and leaving her body in the trunk of her car.

The same jury that found 57-year-old Daniel French of Berea, Kentucky, guilty of aggravated murder heard arguments this week for and against execution in the penalty phase of French’s trial.

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French was convicted of aggravated murder in the 2012 slaying of Barbara Howe.

Prosecutors say French cut Howe’s throat after gaining entry by posing as a maintenance worker in her Monroe retirement community. The defense insisted French had no plan to kill her.

French told jurors he was filled “with great remorse and sorrow” for killing the woman.

A Butler County judge will officially sentence French on Nov. 16.

 

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