Thomas Knuff heads for Ohio's death row

(Cleveland) - A Cuyahoga County Judge has imposed the death sentence on Thomas Knuff, who was convicted of stabbing two people in their Parma Heights home in May of 2017. Investigators say Knuff also attempted to hire a man to burn their bodies in a failed cover-up.

Common Pleas Court Judge Deena Calabrese handed down the sentence for the murders of John Mann and Regina Copabianco, citing little remorse by Knuff.

Mann’s son Jonathan Mann told the court, that while he personally wanted Knuff to be executed for his crimes, he did not want Knuff to be executed because of expensive and lengthy death-penalty appeals.

In July, jurors recommended that Knuff be executed, and today Judge Calabrese agreed.

Knuff accused prosecutors of lying about evidence in the case and promised to fight the verdict.

Investigators say Knuff befriended Capobianco through an inmate-to-inmate pen-pal program, and eventually moved in with the family.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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