No help for a Youngstown man convicted of a double-murder in Akron.
Marquez Perry, 24, tried to convince the 9th District Court of Appeals that he was illegally denied a hearing to argue a post-conviction relief request. Ultimately, Perry would hope that the "relief" would come in the form of a lighter sentence. Instead, Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer made her ruling - a denial - without a hearing.
Perry doesn't think that's right. He's not the first prisoner to make the argument. He's also not the first to lose that argument. The appellate judges agreed with Stormer's approach, in addition to some other decisions that, if reversed, could have given Perry a second chance.
Unless he can find another avenue, Perry's sentence stands - he'll be able to ask the parole board to let him out when he's 85 years old. Perry was convicted in the New Year's Day 2008 murders of his girlfriend, Tammy Dickey, 30, of Youngstown and Scott Smith 33, of Akron.