June 26, 2016

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Killer could be released from prison

The Ohio Parole Board is considering the release of a 66-year-old man sentence to life in prison in June 1978 for the abduction and knife slaying of a young Medina County woman.


Thomas J. Yanasak was convicted of the aggravated murder of 23-year-old Carol Smith.

Police said Yanasak abducted Smith from a store parking lot, leaving her 5-year-old son, Michael, behind. Her body was found about an hour later. She had been stabbed 27 times, according to police reports.

Yanasak appeared Tuesday before the parole board, but no decision was reached, according to Mike Davis, spokesman for the department.

Davis said a followup review of Yanasak’s case by the state’s Central Office Board of Review is scheduled within the next 30 days.

Yanasak, who was sentenced to 15 years to life, was denied parole in 2008, 2005, 1998 and 1993, Davis said. He is serving his sentence at the Allen Correctional Institution.

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