Court reviews how man got early jail release before slayings

Court reviews how man got early jail release before slayings

Court reviews how man got early jail release before slayings

Thomas Hartless, the man police say fatally shot an OH police chief and two nursing home employees last week, had a history of domestic violence.

Thomas Hartless, 43, fatally shot a Kirkersville police chief and two nursing home employees Friday.

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario died from a shotgun wound outside the nursing home. He was also previously served in jail after an abduction case reported against him with another woman in the year 2009, which was solved after some period.

Inventories from the executed search warrants listed 64 firearms found in Hartless' home.

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Chief DiSario and Krantz were each killed by a shotgun at the Kirkersville nursing home, according to the newspaper.

Hartless was freed in April after his latest domestic violence case. Higgins tells WBNS-TV that apparently "mistakes were made" and that understanding what happened is important.

In a letter to authorities during Hartless's sentencing, Medrano said she still loved Hartless and wrote, "I never intended Tom to be jailed for his actions, rather it was a cry for help". Medrano had written the court back in March before a judge issued the sentence: "I am not trying to validate why he acted the way he did". Cindy Krantz, a nurse's aide, was shot and killed with a shotgun. Several documents were found in the search, including a copy of a protection order that Medrano had filed against Hartless on May 5.

Funerals are scheduled Friday for Medrano and Saturday for DiSario.

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