Court reviews how man got early jail release before slayings

Faith Castro
May 20, 2017

Thomas Hartless, the man police say fatally shot an OH police chief and two nursing home employees last week, had a history of domestic violence.

A Filipina was among the nurses killed at a nursing home shooting incident last week in Ohio.

Investigators say gunman Thomas Hartless, 43, killed himself after the slayings Friday at the Pine Kirk Care Center, a small nursing home in Kirkersville, about 25 miles east of Columbus.

Another report surfaced, which shows how the people died and nothing else, there was no new news of Hartless's other victims, but the experts believe only around 500 people was living in the village and has no news on other killings so far.

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Medrano, who previously dated Hartless, had obtained a civil protection order against him after his latest release from jail. Nurse's aide Cindy Krantz was killed with a shotgun.

Inventories from the executed search warrants listed 64 firearms found in Hartless' home.

On March 23, Hartless was found guilty in three separate misdemeanor domestic violence cases involving Medrano. He was freed on April 12. Licking County Municipal Court's probation department reviewed how his case was handled and is changing procedures after finding errors were made.

Approximately three months before she was killed, Medrano wrote a letter to a judge requesting a softer sentence for Hartless for beating her, according to WCMH. "Tom has a severe mental disorder". A memorial service is planned Wednesday for Krantz.

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