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Condemned man asks Ohio board to spare him, claims he was high during robbery

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 6:28 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawyers for a condemned man who fatally shot a security guard for an adult bookstore at the end of a multistate crime spree asked Ohio's parole board on Thursday to recommend mercy, saying he accepts responsibility for what happened but that it was an unintentional consequence of a struggle for a gun while he was high.

The request by 48-year-old Frederick Treesh was made a little more than a month before his scheduled March 6 execution.

Prosecutors say Treesh robbed banks and businesses, committed sexual assaults, stole vehicles, committed carjackings and shot someone to death in a robbery in crimes across Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

He was sentenced to die in Ohio for killing 58-year-old Henry Dupree during a robbery in Eastlake on Aug. 27, 1994.

Attorneys for Treesh argued in favor of clemency in Columbus, while prosecutors presented their case against sparing him for a murder they say was intentional. The parole board will make a recommendation, but Gov. John Kasich has the final say on clemency.

Treesh's attorneys described him as a cocaine addict who was high during the robbery and is deeply sorry for what happened.

“Hindsight, regret and remorse cannot turn back the clock and cannot return Mr. Dupree's life,” they said in a petition for clemency. “What Fred can do and has tried to do is to help prevent others from making the same mistakes he did” by teaching them to avoid drugs.

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