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Parole Board Rejects Mercy for Ohio Killer

The Ohio Parole Board has rejected clemency for a man sentenced to die next month for strangling his 67-year-old neighbor.

The board voted 6-0 Thursday against mercy for 43-year-old Lawrence Reynolds, who killed Loretta Foster in 1994 in her Cuyahoga Falls home.

The board said the aggravating factors surrounding Foster's brutal murder outweighed any arguments against sparing Reynolds.

Reynolds' attorneys argued he was a lifelong alcoholic and that his addiction drove him to kill for money. They also said Reynolds has shown deep remorse in prison.

Prosecutors said Reynolds planned the murder for days and there was no evidence he had been drinking at the time. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)