Prosecutor writes against inmate’s parole

WARREN — The Trumbull County prosecutor is objecting to the parole of a murder convict who once was released and while freed, nearly killed again.

Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, in a letter to the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, said John Lysikowski “truly is a career violent offender and sociopath. Any release of him would be a crime wave in the making.”

Lysikowski is scheduled for a parole hearing this month outside his cell at Noble Correctional Institution.

In the letter to parole board chair Trayce Thalheimer, Watkins uses evidence of a poor record while he has been in prison for the past 33 years.

“I can state from what we have by way of DRC records of Lysikowski, he may be the ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’ discipline holder for inmates in prison from Trumbull County,” Watkins wrote.

Lysikowski, 60, has been written up 26 more times for behavior infractions since his last parole hearing in 2016, Watkins wrote, expanding his “genre of bad activity” from assaulting and threatening inmates and stealing to include Suboxone drug abuse.

On Nov. 17, 2019, Lysikowski received a 180-day restriction penalty after testing positive for the drug Suboxone, a narcotic used to treat opiate addiction.

“Therefore Lysikowski is a danger to others inside and outside of prison and is an incessant criminal and convicted killer,” Watkins wrote, “I join his victims in urging the board that he must be locked up for the rest of his natural life as the law allows and common sense demands.”

In October 1987, Lysikowski was sentenced to 15 years to life in the June 1987 stabbing death of Warren resident Randy J. Nicholson in Weathersfield. Lysikowski, who had lived in Campbell and Weathersfield, pleaded guilty to the crime.

A July 25, 1985, police report that shows Lysikowski to be a suspect in a stabbing death in Orange Park, Fla. Reports show Lysikowski served very little time in that case before moving to Ohio.

In a letter dated Sept. 13, 2016, to acting parole board Chairman Andre Imbrogno, Watkins detailed Lysikowski’s dozen violations while on parole in 2007. The prosecutor quoted one of his victims, Judy Rerko, who said on Sept. 8, 2007, Lysikowski abused animals, bloodied the cat’s mouth and took an ax after the dog.

“When I stopped him, he threw the ax through a window at me and then came in and started beating on me,” Watkins quoted Rerko in the letter detailing the incident in Youngstown where punches were thrown to the woman’s face and head.

An attempt to reach the Ohio Public Defender’s office was unsuccessful to get a quote about Lysikowski’s case in the parole hearing.



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