Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Killer denied release; victim's family relieved

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A former Clermont County woman who has served 161/2 years in prison for killing her former boyfriend will spend at least another nine years there, after her early-parole request was denied.

        The news that Katherine Courtney, 58, is ineligible for another parole hearing until February 2009 was a relief to the family of Robert Dean, who had vehemently protested Ms. Courtney's possible release.

        “It feels really good,” Pansy Cress, Mr. Dean's daughter, said Tuesday. “But there's still a sadness there that will never go away.”

        Mr. Dean was shot in the chest by Ms. Courtney in August 1983 after he broke off their relationship. He died in front of his home at age 46. Ms. Courtney was convicted of aggravated murder.

        No official reason was given for the parole board's rejection.

        Mrs. Cress' notification from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction culminated a nine-month paperwork battle that began for her in September. That's when Mrs. Cress, of Goshen, Clermont County, was informed that Ms. Courtney would appear before the parole board.


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