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Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh is asking for your help to keep Willie Lagway (Criminal Case No. 83-02-0232) in prison. The Ohio Parole Board is considering Lagway's release at a parole board hearing in May.

From February 10-14, 1983, Lagway, 27, went on a five-day crime spree victimizing six women in Summit County. Willie Lagway kidnapped two friends walking to a car in a parking deck, one from Akron Children's Hospital parking lot, one from Gold Circle in Barberton and one woman from TransOhio Savings Bank in downtown Akron. All the victims were robbed and two were raped. Lagway was armed with a knife and threatened the victims with their lives if they did not comply with his demands. Lagway didn't just commit these crimes and leave. He terrorized these women for hours and before leaving each victim, he copied the information on their driver's licenses, including their addresses. For his crimes, Lagway was sentenced to a minimum sentence of 109 years and a maximum sentence of 375 years.

After his arrest, while being questioned about the abductions and robberies near Akron City and Akron Children's Hospitals, Lagway stated, "I'm an ex-con and a sinner and a heathen. Do your job. The more I suffer on earth the better it will be for me."

We are asking for the public's help in keeping this dangerous man in prison.

Please send letters to: Ohio Parole Board

Attn: Cynthia Mausser - Parole Board Chair
770 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43222

or send Cynthia Mausser an email at:

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Please include Lagway's name and Inmate Number A173689
on each page of the correspondence

For more information contact (330) 643-2800