Parole Request Facing Opposition From Columbus City Attorney


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A man serving a prison sentence for shooting four members of law enforcement is asking for parole, and that request is facing opposition from the Columbus City Attorney.

Tony Sayre is serving a 28-to-100 year sentence for shooting the officers that were serving a search warrant for drugs in 1981. One of the officers, Columbus Police Officer Jane Thompson Bowman, died years later.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein has sent a letter to the Ohio Parole Board, asking for Sayre's request for parole to be denied.

Klein says Sayre opened fire on the officers specifically because they were members of law enforcement.

Klein added, "To grant parole in this case would be to demean the seriousness of what Sayre did: target four police officers for murder."

Sayre's request was forwarded to an additional board for review, with the result coming back in one to two months.

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