Parole denied for convicted rapist

Parole denied for convicted rapist

SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Parole Board has denied parole for convicted rapist John Burkey.

Burkey, 57, was convicted in 1982 for the rape and robbery of a Summit County woman. He broke into her home, and raped her at gunpoint. He was sentenced to 11-50 years in prison.

In 2001, Burkey was paroled, but ended up back in prison just months after his release after a crime spree in New York.. Again in 2006 Burkey was paroled after he failed to report to his Parole officer and failing to register as a sex offender. Burkey was arrested a year later by US Marshals in Nevada.

Prosecutors have argued that Burkey is dangerous and has violated his parole every time it has been granted. He will not be eligible for parole again until 2020.

"We have aggressively opposed parole for John Burkey for over ten years and will continue to do so. Mr. Burkey is a dangerous rapist who should remain locked up in order to protect our community," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, "This decision ensures the community will be safe and allows Burkey's victim to breathe a little easier. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters of opposition to the Parole Board, as well as those who signed the petition to keep Burkey in prison."

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