September 30, 2014

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Jury recommends death penalty for Cepec

Steven Cepec, 43, is handcuffed Thursday after a Medina County common pleas jury recommended the death penalty for killing Chatham Township historian Frank Munz, 73, in 2010. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The jury in the Frank Munz murder case recommended the death penalty Thursday for his killer, 43-year-old Steven Cepec.

Cepec was found guilty Feb. 22 of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.

Authorities said Cepec beat to death Munz, 73, with the claw-end of a hammer and strangled the Chatham Township historian with a lamp cord during a home invasion on June 3, 2010 — six days after the Ohio Parole Board released him from prison.

Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said he will consider the jury’s recommendation in the coming weeks. If Kimbler sentences Cepec to death, he would become the only Medina County resident on Ohio’s death row.

Kimbler also could sentence Cepec to life in prison without parole or with parole eligibility at 25 or 30 years.

Kimbler said Thursday that he expects to rule no later than April 25.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.