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Ohio Executes Convicted Rapist, Murderer

February 7, 2006

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio on Tuesday executed a man convicted of raping and strangling two women during a five-month spree of assaults while he was on drugs.

Glenn L. Benner II, 43, died by injection at 10:15 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.

Benner admitted committing horrific crimes while under the influence of drugs.

He was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering Trina Bowser, 21, in 1986, leaving her body in the trunk of her car along a highway in Tallmadge, the town where they grew up across the street from each other.

A year earlier, he had strangling Cynthia Sedgwick, 26, of Cleveland Heights, in Cuyahoga Falls after a George Thorogood concert.

Benner refused to ask that his life be spared, saying the process does not consider whether a person changes in prison. He also turned down interview requests, saying he was doing so out of respect for the victims and their families.

When he entered the execution chamber, Benner smiled at relatives and nodded toward the victims’ families.

``Over the last 20 years I’ve caused you unimaginable pain and I’m sorry. Trina and Cynthia were beautiful girls who didn’t deserve what I done to them. They are in a better place. I pray that God will grant you peace,″ Benner said just before he died.

Bradley Bowser, one of Trina Bower’s three brothers, responded softly: ``That won’t get you into heaven, ace.″

Benner was the 20th man Ohio has executed since resuming the death penalty in 1999.

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