- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The stepdaughter of a southwest Ohio man who has served nearly 30 years for killing his wife is petitioning to have him remain in jail until he dies.

Theodore Sinks, 76, has a fourth chance at parole in July when an institutional hearing is held to see if his case moves forward to the full Ohio Parole Board, the Dayton Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1IkwOGW ).

An Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction panel will then decide whether or not to recommend his release.

Sinks, a former Dayton Daily News maintenance supervisor, was convicted in 1989 of killing his wife, Judy Sinks, in their home and then encasing her body into concrete on the seventh floor of the newspaper’s downtown building.

Judy Sinks also worked at the newspaper in the circulation department.

Sinks reported his wife missing in late 1987 and was arrested the following spring after police found her body based on evidence from another newspaper maintenance worker.

Workers used sledgehammers to crack open a concrete pedestal for a water purifying unit to uncover her body.

He was sentenced in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to 15 years to life in prison.

“I think it’s important that the parole board understand the brutality of the murder,” said Judy Sinks’ daughter, Amy Matney. “Our goal is for him not to be released and, it doesn’t really matter, his age at this point, or how long he’s been in there. Our goal is to simply keep him behind bars.”

Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office assistant attorney Leon Daidone said that Sinks should not be released from prison now or at any time.(asterisk)

“His actions before, during and after the crime warrant that he spend the rest of his life in a penitentiary,” he said.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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