PARMA, OH (WOIO) - Mark Shankle admitted that he murdered his sister, Vicky Zabala, in her Parma home. It happened in February of this year.
He is a man who lived his life in the bottle; a poster child for AA, say his lawyers.
His alcohol abuse led the man to burned bridges between Shankle and family members, all but Vicky. She had taken him in repeatedly.
Above objections of family members, prosecutor Andy Satola told Judge Nancy McDonnell at his sentencing, “Vicky’s family advised her against this. Don’t do this. Don’t do this. He’s going to cause you harm and the thanks that she got was being smothered in her own home.”
Through tears, Shankle said he was sorry and that all he wanted was forgiveness. It would not come.
Vicky’s son said, “He asks for forgiveness and I can tell you that after everything that we have done for him, after everything my mom has done for him, to repay her in this way we are not going to forgive him. Ever.”
The judge had two choices: Either life with the possibility of parole after 20 or 25 years. She chose 25.
After the sentencing from her wheelchair, his mother said, “We gave up on him a long time ago.”