LIVONIA (WWJ/AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich rejected a clemency plea Thursday by 48-year-old Frederick Treesh, whose execution is scheduled Wednesday for shooting 58-year-old Henry Dupree during a robbery of an adult book store in Eastlake, Ohio, on Aug. 27, 1994.
Prosecutors say Treesh and Benjamin Brooks carried out crimes across Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Locally, authorities say the men robbed a woman at a Plymouth motel and shot two brothers at their Best Videos store in Livonia, killing 39-year-old Gus Danno. They say the pair then forced their way into a Livonia couple’s home, beat the woman and stole their car. There is a local warrant for his arrest but it’s never been executed because Treesh was caught, prosecuted and put on death row in Ohio, police said.
Treesh’s attorneys described him as a cocaine addict who was high during the robbery and is deeply sorry for what happened.
Prosecutors contend Treesh intentionally murdered Dupree and tried to kill others, including police officers who pursued him, after a three-week spree of increasingly violent crimes. They said Treesh and Brooks robbed banks and businesses, committed sexual assaults, stole cars and committed carjackings, among other things.
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