Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Man convicted of complicity in death of girlfriend's father

The Associated Press

        SANDUSKY, Ohio — A man convicted of helping his girlfriend kill her father faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

        Robert Hermann was found guilty Monday of complicity to commit aggravated murder, complicity to commit murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

        His girlfriend, Melinda Vealey, earlier had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

        Ms. Vealey and Mr. Hermann were accused of killing Clarence Gunnoe, 67, in October at the home the father and daughter shared.

        Mr. Gunnoe's body and pickup truck were found in an Ashland County cornfield.

        Investigators said the two beat him with an ax handle then strangled him.

        Mr. Hermann said he was trying to protect Ms. Vealey because he thought Mr. Gunnoe was trying to rape her the day of the killing.


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