Man convicted in double murder, including shooting an officer, seeks leniency from Ohio Parole Board
Harry Mitts Jr., convicted of murdering a neighbor and then fatally shooting a Garfield Heights police officer in 1994, will get his last chance today to ask for leniency.
Mitts is scheduled to be executed Sept. 25.
Mitt's lawyers will make their case for clemency at a hearing this morning before the Ohio Parole Board.
In 1994, Mitts, who is white, fatally shot John Bryant, a neighbor near his Garfield Heights apartment building. Bryant, who was black, was shot in the chest near East 88th Street. Authorities said then the murder was racially motivated.
When Garfield Heights and Maple Heights police were called to Mitts’ apartment to investigate, Mitts got into a shootout with the officers.
Mitts killed Garfield Heights Police Sergeant Dennis Glivar and wounded Garfield Heights Lt. Thomas Kaiser and Maple Heights Patrolman John Mackey.
At his trial nearly two decades ago, Mitts asked the jury to spare his life. He said then that he was drunk at the time of the shooting, did not mean to harm anyone, and had no memory of the events.
The Parole Board will make a recommendation to Gov. John Kasich. It will be up to Kasich, then, whether to grant clemency.