A Fayette County official is asking people to support him and his family by keeping a man convicted of murder in prison.
William H. Payton was convicted of murder in 1993 and is incarcerated at Pickaway Correctional Institution. Payton will appear before the Ohio Parole Board in September for a hearing to determine release suitability. Payton murdered Larry Yenger on May 2, 1993, at Yenger’s farm on Wesley Chapel Road in Fayette County.
Yenger’s son Ryan, a Jefferson Township trustee, and family will be participating in a Victim Conference Day on Aug. 21 in Fairborn to address the parole board. The family is collecting signatures for an online petition to keep Payton in prison.
“William Payton was sentenced 18 years to life for taking the life of my father,” said Ryan Yenger. “This should not mean an automatic parole once the minimum time has been met. It appears that our parole process has become lenient on criminals due to economic reasons. I don’t believe our economy, or the state of Ohio’s budget should dictate letting murderers out of prison, letting them off the hook for crimes they have committed with minimal time served. It’s been over 24 years since my father was murdered yet I will serve the life sentence of living without him.”
Yenger said the family has been left with the memory of their father and it has affected their lives “in a way that no one should have to endure.”
People who want to submit a written statement concerning the parole hearing may send statements to the Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 770 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43222.
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