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Ex-coach denied parole on 1st try

Jenkins convicted in wife’s killing in 2006

WARREN — A former Warren G. Harding girls basketball coach was denied parole from his 15-years-to-life sentence after his conviction in the murder of his wife.

The parole board voted this week to keep David Jenkins in prison until his next chance for a parole hearing in 2028, according to Christopher Becker, Trumbull County assistant prosecutor.

Jenkins, 58, who is housed at Marion Correctional Institution, underwent his first hearing before the Ohio Parole Board in January. Prior to the hearing, Becker wrote a letter advising the board about his office’s opposition to Jenkins’ release.

In the winter of 2006, Jenkins was convicted of murder in the strangulation death of his wife, Deana, at their Warren home in May 2004.

The trial started on Feb. 27, 2006, and lasted until March 10, 2006. The jury deliberated three days, Becker noted.

“He never once has taken responsibility for the murder and has never once apologized to the family of Deana,” Becker wrote.

Jenkins appealed his conviction to the 11th District Court of Appeals, which sided with the jurors. The Ohio Supreme Court in 2007 ruled it would not hear the case and stated no trial errors were found.

Accepting the allegation of the facts given, Jenkins’ former attorney, Jerry Ingram, said it was a “crime of passion,” and he thinks Jenkins should have been released.

Meanwhile, Becker said he is very pleased for the victim’s family and the community about the parole board’s decision.

“A murderer will not be back in the community any time soon,” Becker said.

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