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Killer Eugene Gall ineligible for parole, judge rules

Eugene Gall, the convicted rapist, kidnapper and murderer, will not receive credit against his Ohio prison sentence for 16 years served in a Kentucky prison for similar violent crimes, Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Gregory Singer ruled today.

The decision is a win for the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, which was notified recently that Gall was eligible and being considered for parole. That prompted Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. to launch a legal battle to block Gall's parole.

In 1978, Gall was sentenced to 47 to 165 years in prison for his convictions in Montgomery and Greene counties. He'd already served prison time in Ohio for the rape and kidnapping of several women in Warren and Butler counties before going on another two-state killing spree.

Gall didn't begin serving his Ohio prison term until he was extradited to Ohio in 2001 after his Kentucky murder conviction and sentence were overturned by an appeals court.

In September 2013, the Ohio Parole Board notified the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office that Gall was eligible for parole because of the credit he was given for the 16 years served in Kentucky. Heck discussed the matter with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and was going to file a writ of prohibition before learning of Monday's decision.

Heck said, "We are pleased with the court's decision rendered today. The victims and the survivors of the homicide victims deserve to know that this defendant will spend the rest of his natural life locked up for the terrible, vicious and deplorable crimes that he committed."

Heck continued, "Eugene Gall, clearly a dangerous psychopath, needs to be incarcerated for the rest of his life. I would encourage everyone in our community, including citizens and law enforcement, to contact the Ohio Parole Board and let them know that this defendant should never be released from prison."

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