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Man kills three people including police sergeant and ex-girlfriend after judge released him early from prison

By Mason White 11:01 AM May 21, 2017
Thomas Hartless
Thomas Hartless
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A judge said that he will be haunted until the day he dies over the loss of three people who were killed after he released a violent offender from prison.

43-year-old Thomas Hartless of Ohio, was jailed for repeated domestic violence incidents against his former girlfriend.

Hartless was sentenced to 90 days in jail. However, after just 20 days, he was released. The judge did not even order Hartless to stay away from the victim.

After being released from prison, Hartless went to his ex-girlfriend’s workplace at the Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home.

There he took her and her coworker hostage. When 38-year-old Police Chief Eric DiSario arrived at the scene, Hartless killed him along with his ex-girlfriend, Marlina Medrano, and her coworker, Cindy Krantz.

Heartless then committed suicide by shooting himself.

Judge Michael Higgins said that he came in contact with about 400 defendants at the time when he signed that early release for the suspect, despite the fact that he had no idea who Heartless was.

Higgins relied on an early release screening, which is done by probation officers. However, during an investigation, it was uncovered that the probation officer did not properly assess Hartless.

The probation officer did not review the suspect’s court file, or the three police reports describing assaults on his girlfriend before asking the judge to sign off on the early release.

Hartless was prohibited from possessing weapons. The probation officer was supposed to conducted a search of his home before handing the judge the early release from, but he failed to do so.

Authorities who went to the home after the shootings, found more than 60 guns in the violent offender’s home.

Judge Higgins did not take any responsibility for his part in the senseless murders, but he did release a statement saying:
“I will go to my grave regretting the fact that I did not know Thomas Hartless’ name.”

At least three probation officers will face disciplinary action as a result of their negligence in the case.

Police Chief Eric DiSario left behind his pregnant with and six children.