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Ex-Judge Loses Bid For Freedom

September 23, 1987

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A parole request by a former judge convicted of planning the slaying of his first wife has been rejected by the state parole board, which cited community reaction and new information in the case.

Former Euclid Municipal Judge Robert L. Steele, whose life prison term was reduced to 10 years to life by Gov. Richard Celeste, will not be eligible for another parole hearing until February 1992, according to Tuesday’s ruling.

Steele was convicted of hiring brothers Martin and Owen Kilbane to arrange the murder of his wife, Marlene, in 1969. The Kilbanes are serving life sentences.

Robert Prosser, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said the board, in denying parole, cited ″community concern in the Cleveland area and new information″ on which he could not elaborate.

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