Governor rejects mercy for condemned killer Frederick Treesh; convicted in Eastlake robbery/murder

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. John Kasich has rejected a plea for mercy from a condemned man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard in northeast Ohio.

Kasich's announcement Thursday comes ahead of Frederick Treesh's scheduled execution March 6 and follows the parole board's unanimous recommendation against mercy last month.

Treesh was sentenced to die for shooting 58-year-old Henry Dupree during a robbery in Eastlake on Aug. 27, 1994.

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 in pursuit, after a three-week spree of increasingly violent crimes, including a killing at a Michigan video store two days before the Ohio slaying.

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