Parole hearings underway for man convicted in Niles officer's murder
A parole hearing was held Monday for a convicted Niles cop killer.
Vienna Police Chief Bob Ludt says he testified to the Ohio parole board that Randy Fellows should never be considered for parole.
Fellows was convicted in the 1983 and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for his role in the murder of Niles police officer John Utlak. Fellows was 19 at the time of the crime.
Fred Joseph was 17 years old when he killed Officer John Utlak in a premeditated murder. Fellows was found to be his accomplice in the December 8, 1982 shooting.
Chief Ludt was Utlak's partner at the Niles police department. Ludt says was he was also one of Fellows and Joseph's intended targets.
"When you look back on the crime that happened and how methodical and calculated that it was, then you can't fast forward to today and say 'oh I didn't know what I was doing at the time," Ludt said.
Ludt says Utlak's only sister also testified on Monday.
Ludt worries Fellows would be a danger to the public if he's released.
"The plan was to kill both John and I and I certainly don't want him back out," Ludt said.
"They were so calculated and they're probably so bitter that to let them out I believe they'd be a danger to any police officer."
Fellows is entitled to a parole hearing every ten years. He was denied release in 2012. The parole board is expected to make a decision within the next few weeks.
Joseph has served 28 years behind bars after he was sentenced in 1983 to life in prison with the chance at parole after 30 years. His last parole hearing did not grant him release.