WARREN - Insisting he wasn't a brutal, vicious monster like the media portrayed him after murdering his parents, Louis Mann was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences without any chance of parole.
The self-proclaimed drug addict, who stole from his mother and father, afterwards spending the money on clothes, a hooker, motel rooms and more drugs, thanked Judge W. Wyatt McKay for giving him a fair trial and prosecutors for making sure he was brought to trial to tell his side of the story.
He repeated remarks he made from his unsworn statement at trial and told the court: ''Everytime I close my eyes I see what I've done. I would give my life to have their lives back.''
He faced the death penalty for the murders at his parent's home on Jefferson Street S.W. but a jury decided against it.
During his sentencing hearing, Mann, 34, told the judge he has decided he will not appeal his conviction.
Mann strangled his mother, Frances M. Mann, 53, with a clothesline and shot his father, Philip J. Mann Sr., 59, with a .22 caliber rifle after beating him to death with a flashlight Sept. 30, 2011.
Louis Mann, left, with defense attorney Greg Meyers at his side, is sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his parents. Judge W. Wyatt McKay announced the sentencing Tuesday afternoon in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Photo by R. Michael Semple
He drained his parents bank account of $1,400 and spent it on the drugs, a prostitute and motel rooms before he was arrested within two days and confessed to the murders to Warren detectives on video tape.
But it was a cousin of Frances Mann who delivered a victim impact statement claiming even though his name is Mann: ''You are not a man; you are not a good son, husband and especially a father.''
''Doing what you did to your parents was an atrocity. A loving son would thank his parents for taking care of your daughter while you and your wife are in jail. A loving father would not be doing drugs, stealing, lying and killing. What a good example that is for your daughter,'' said James F. Guzan of Bazetta, who used a wheelchair to get to the front of McKay's courtroom.
''Even at the jail after being caught you still thought only of Louis. Can I have a cigarette, can I have McDonald's, and can I keep the money I stole from my parents?'' Guzan asked.
Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker, who tried the case with assistant prosecutor Gabe Wildman, told a reporter after the sentencing that ''life in prison can't be short enough for Louis Mann.''
Mann told the prostitute that he took back to the murder scene that he snapped after his parents threatened to seek custody of his nine-year-old daughter since he and his wife Tonya had been in and out of rehab for drug addiction.
Besides the death penalty, Mann also faced the sentence of life without any chance of parole and life with chance of parole after 25 or 30 years.
Mann's defense team of Greg Meyers, Matt Pentz and David Rouzzo conceded guilty in the murders from the start of the trial that started Sept. 30. The defense attorneys said their client killed his parents and they were only trying to convince jurors to spare his life.