Parole board mulls release of murderer

Convicted in 1988 death

The Ohio Parole Board is continuing to consider whether an inmate from Trumbull County involved in a grisly murder nearly 30 years ago should be set free.

Jeff McClure, 48, is one of two men convicted in the February 1988 death of Timothy J. Badilo, 24, whose charred body was found by authorities locked in the trunk of his car that had been set on fire. The car was found in Hubbard Township, but it’s believed the killing happened in Weathersfield.

The other man convicted in connection to Badilo’s death was his brother, Mark Badilo, 48, who with McClure are serving sentences of 15-years to life on murder, arson, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice convictions.

McClure faced some members of the parole board on Friday.

McClure’s mother, Cindy Wade said his lawyer, Sarah Schregardus of Columbus, sent the parole board information for the hearing showing the progress McClure made while incarcerated

“He is rated at the lowest security level, has been in no trouble and participates in many programs. I know that board has let more dangerous people from Trumbull County go ,” Wade said.

The case of Timothy Badilo’s death went undetermined for about three years until a witness told authorities about a plot by Mark Badilo to take over the cleaning business the two brothers operated. The witness wore a wire several times in May 1991, as the story unfolded about the murder of Timothy Badilo — he was brought to a home and beaten by a pool cue, strangled and stuffed into his own car, remaining there several days before it was set on fire.

The case was a suspected suicide until the witness said he read a story in the Tribune Chronicle about cold cases. The man has relayed to authorities that he fears retaliation from both McClure and Mark Badilo.

The board at parole hearings for both men in 2013 chose to keep them incarcerated. Badilo is housed at the Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield and McClure is at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Chillicothe.

McClure, in a letter to the Tribune Chronicle, wrote he holds no animosity to the witness and is thankful for doing what he did.

“The Badilo family needed to know what happened to their son, and fortunately, he was man enough to do that, while I was not,” McClure wrote.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said he wants the men to remain in prison because of the brutality of the crime.