Man who killed police officer gets death sentence

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - An ex-convict who killed a city patrolman told a judge he didn't want to be a part of society, then was sentenced to death Friday.
Martin L. Koliser Jr., 30, of nearby Boardman, thanked jurors Wednesday for recommending that he die for killing Patrolman Michael Hartzell, 26, on April 29 as the officer investigated a shooting.
Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum approved the jury's sentence Friday.
Koliser (pictured, above) addressed the court before his sentencing.
"I didn't show no mercy. I didn't expect no mercy. I don't want no mercy," he said Friday.
He also refused to apologize to Hartzell's parents, saying it was useless.
"I'm not going to say I'm sorry. That would be ignorant," Koliser said. "I hate society. I don't want to be a part of society. I have demonstrated that."
During the four-day trial last week, defense attorneys presented no witnesses or testimony and did not cross examine most of the witnesses.
The jurors also convicted Koliser of shooting Donel Rowe, 23, of Youngstown, outside a tavern on April 29.
Less than two hours later, Koliser gunned down Hartzell in his cruiser as it was idling behind Koliser's car. Hartzell was checking the license plate while investigating Rowe's wounding.
Koliser was arrested one day later at a motel in Palm Harbor, Fla., near St. Petersburg. Koliser served about five years in prison on an assault charge and was paroled last December.
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