AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Two men who say they were wrongfully imprisoned for 16 years for an Ohio woman’s 1988 slaying filed for monetary compensation.
Fifty-two-year-old Randy Resh and 51-year-old Bob Gondor each would be entitled to more than $415,000 for lost earnings under Ohio’s formula for monetary damages in wrongful-conviction cases, the Akron Beacon Journal (https://bit.ly/1knteH3 ) reported on Sunday. They said in court filings that they deserve more for being deprived of building families and careers and suffering emotional distress.
A Portage County civil case last year found they were wrongfully imprisoned. Official records from that trial were filed in the state’s Court of Claims earlier this month.
Their complaint states that the men were wrongfully imprisoned for more than 16 years and were “vigorously contested” by the County Prosecutor’s Office over 25 years of trying to prove their innocence.
There is no timetable for a decision. A case management conference is expected next month.
If a settlement can’t be reached, Resh and Gondor would have to go to trial again for final damages.
They became suspects days after the body of Connie Nardi, 31, was found on Aug. 15, 1988.
The Randolph Township woman was strangled and her body was thrown into a Geauga County pond. Troy Joseph Busta, 48, is the last man still behind bars in her killing. The Hiram man went to prison in 1989 after pleading guilty to aggravated murder.
Busta, who avoided a potential death penalty, implicated Resh and Gondor as accomplices. The two men have maintained their innocence for years. Charges were dropped against Gondor after Resh was acquitted in his retrial in 2007.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com
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