Man sentenced to death for 2017 murder of Parma Heights couple

The judge handed down two death sentences plus 37 years to Thomas Knuff

Man sentenced to death for 2017 murder of Parma Heights couple
Thomas Knuff is pictured in court after the judge handed down two death sentences

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - On June 14, after a seven week trial, a jury found Thomas Knuff man guilty of murdering his prison pen-pal and her boyfriend.

19 News live streamed the sentencing:

Man sentenced to death for 2017 murder of Parma Heights couple

Regina Capobianco, 49, and her boyfriend, John Mann, 65, were stabbed to death in their Parma Heights home in May of 2017.

Their bodies were discovered in June of 2017 inside their Nelwood Drive home after Capobianco was reported missing.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors said Knuff rolled up their bodies in blankets, dragged them into a back bedroom, and covered the bodies with numerous garbage bags.

Prosecutors said Knuff spent the next few days attempting to clean up the crime scene. He scrubbed down the walls, removed the living room carpet, and disposed the carpet in garbage bags which he left strewn around the house.

Parma Heights police said the couple picked up Knuff in April of 2017 when he was released from prison after serving more than 15 years for several charges; including, aggravated robbery

After the murders, Knuff broke into two Parma Heights beauty salons and stole over $1000. He also stole his son’s car and cell phone.

Prosecutors called a total of 50 witnesses in the trial and the jury deliberated two days before reaching the verdict.

The death penalty phase of Knuff’s trial began on July 22.

The jury recommended death and the judge upheld their recommendation.

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