Parole rejected for 2 convicts

WARREN – A local rapist who sexually abused his own children and a man who was twice convicted of murder and paroled twice before he was put back in prison were both recently turned down for release.

Officials with Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections say John Whisonant and John Lysikowski both will remain behind bars until October 2016, when they again become eligible for parole.

The Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office opposed parole for both men who had hearings in December.

Accused of sexually abusing five of his own six children and convicted by a jury of raping four of them, John Whisonant, 59, already has served more than 28 years behind bars. He is currently confined to Marion Correctional Institution.

In Whisonant’s case, rape charges involving his 4-year-old daughter were dropped before a trial to spare the girl the ordeal of testifying. Three other daughters between the ages of 6 and 9 and a 5-year-old son did testify against their father, resulting in a sentence of 21 to 75 years imposed by former Common Pleas Judge Mitchell F. Shaker.

Two other men acquaintances of Whisonant also were convicted of gross sexual imposition and were given two- and three-year sentences after Howland police said the defendant invited his friends to prey on the children.

Whisonant lived on Niles Road S.E., and one of his daughters reported to a school official at North Road Elementary School that her father had sexually abused her for years before police and Children Services officials became involved in the investigation.

The 53-year-old John Lysikowski is a local two-time convicted murderer who had been paroled a second time and then committed at least a dozen parole violations in a five-month period when he was free.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins pointed out to the parole board he was convinced Lysikowski had an ”explosive personality.”

Lysikowski, who is now in Southeastern Correctional Institution, was first sent to a Florida prison after his arrest in July of 1985 in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Orange Park, Fla., man he was arguing with in the parking lot of an apartment complex. He spent about a year in prison in Florida before his first release.

After a move to the Mahoning Valley, Lysikowski was indicted in a similar stabbing death in Weathersfield. Originally charged with aggravated murder, Lysikowski pleaded guilty in 1987 to felony murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He was charged with killing Randy Joe Nicholson, 26, of Delaware Street S.W., Warren, after the two argued at an address on Clearfield Avenue. He served 20 years before his first release in Ohio.

During that release, a woman he lived with told a police officer in Youngstown that Lysikowski had argued with her before he was arrested for domestic violence. She said on Sept. 8, 2007, he started the day by beating a cat and then a dog with an ax handle. The woman said when she intervened, he threw the ax handle at her through a window, and then started beating her. He left, but returned and kicked in the door and tried to kick the woman down the steps, saying ”one of us is dying tonight, and one of us is going back to prison.” Lysikowski was back in prison within a month.

Then after going back to prison in 2007 as a parole violator, Lysikowski violated prison rules more than 40 times by accumulating a disciplinary behind bars that prompted his move to four different lockups.