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Wingo to go before parole board



A convicted murderer from Logan County will get a hearing before the Ohio Parole Board on Feb. 22 on whether or not he should be set free from his life sentence.

Anthony Wingo, 59, was found guilty of aggravated murder in 1981, by a three-judge panel for shooting Andy Plank with a shotgun. He was sentenced to life in prison and is currently lodged in the Madison Correctional Facility.

Logan County Prosecutor William T. Goslee wrote letters last year opposing the inmate’s release and he intends to testify before the full board at a 9 a.m. hearing.

According to Mr. Goslee’s letter from last year, the two men were roommates for about four months in 1980.

“For no reason,” Mr. Goslee wrote, “Wingo intentionally shot and killed Andy Plank in the back and in the head with a shotgun ...”

The convicted killer had purchased the gun the day of the shooting which occurred in their residence.

He then used the victim’s car to dispose of the body in a wooded area, returned to the residence to clean it and then disappeared with the car and the victim’s money.

Mr. Plank’s remains were found several weeks later on Sept. 12.

The defendant tried to argue he was insane at the time and that voices told him to kill the victim because he was possessed by a beast or the devil.

“It is the opinion of this office that Wingo’s sentence is appropriate and that he is not and cannot be rehabilitated or cured,” Mr. Goslee wrote. “We strongly urge that this defendant’s sentence not be shortened in any way.”

Letters regarding the inmate’s parole can be sent to: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Office of Victim Services, Attn: Karin J. Ho, Administrator, 770 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43222.

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