COLUMBUS — A Toledo man who raped and murdered a Scott High School sophomore in 1958 will remain in prison at least five more years, the Ohio Parole Board decided Wednesday.
Charles W. Leichty, 85, was denied parole by the board, which said it would not consider his release again until 2018. The board said Leichty presented “an undue risk to public safety” and said he’d been assessed as a “moderate-high risk to reoffend.”
Leichty, an inmate at the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, was granted parole three times — in 1971, 1983, and 2006 — but each time was sent back to prison after committing a crime of a sexual nature. Both the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office and the victim’s advocacy group, Block Parole, Inc., had opposed his release.
In 1958, Leichty, who was then 30, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Sonya Sue Long, 15. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.