AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Douglas Prade heads back to jail.
Earlier this week, the Ohio Supreme Court declined to hear the State vs. Douglas Prade case, while also denying a motion to extend his Court of Appeals stay.
It was the moment Victoria Sadler and her family had waited more than a year to see: cuffs slapped on Prade's wrists, sending him back to jail to serve a life sentence for killing his ex-wife.
"It has been a roller coaster ride. I wouldn't want anyone else to go through this," said Anthony Fowler, the victim's nephew.
Dr. Margo Prade was shot to death outside her medical practice the day before Thanksgiving in 1997.
A jury convicted Prade in 1998.
Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh filed a motion requesting Prade be returned to prison.
"The Appellate Court and now the Supreme Court both agree with us that Judge Judy Hunter abused her discretion when she overturned Doug Prade's conviction," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. "Doug Prade terrorized his estranged wife, Margo, before killing her shortly before Thanksgiving in 1997. We intend to return Prade to prison, where he belongs."
Prade will be held at the Summit County Jail, awaiting his appeal for a new trial. If he is not granted a new trial, he goes back to prison.
Dr. Prade's family says they will continue to fight to keep their sister's murderer behind bars for good.
"It's hurting the family - in and out, his family, our family. Please decide quickly, and let us go on with our grief," said Edith Shamberger, another sister of Dr. Prade.