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Parole Hearings

Mr. Watkins letters to the parole board



AGE: 70

INCARCERATED: Grafton Correctional Institution


REPEAT OFFENDER: Fifth parole from prison request

SENTENCE: Given 12 -to 40-year sentence on 1992 convictions of 20 sex counts including rape, pandering obscenity involving minors, minor in nudity material, pandering sex material involving minors, corrupting minors, disseminating sexual material to minors

“Without a doubt to know Martin Petersime is to know the consummate child sexual
predator lurking among us.  Thankfully the parole board with its past decisions regarding Petersime has kept us safe and more specifically, our children out of harm’s way… from the Petersime criminal history, … (he) has been the “Traveling Pedophile” going from Piqua, Ohio to Cleveland, Ohio and to Warren, Ohio.”

Court and police records showed some of the young male victims were taking music lessons at Petersime’s downtown Warren Music Center, while others were hired to clean up or were enticed there with marijuana that Petersime admitted he kept handy for that reason.

None of the victims were named during the highly publicized criminal case, except the one who turned in the music teacher on April 28, 1992, by going to the Warren Police Department with a pornographic videotape made by Petersime.

NOTE: There are four of Petersime’s victims and family members registered with the state.

For more information, contact Guy Vogrin, investigator / public information officer, Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office, 330-675-2485.

Mr. Watkins letter to the parole board



AGE: 55

INCARCERATED: Chillicothe Correctional Institution


REPEAT OFFENDER: Sixth parole from prison request

SENTENCE: Given 15 -to 70-year sentence on 1987 convictions of rape, felonious assault, aggravated burglary, and gross sexual imposition

CRIME: Broke into SW Warren home of 62-year-old woman, who was speech impaired, stabbed her dog, then bound her and repeatedly raped her while accomplice removed items from her home.

Prosecutor Dennis Watkins noted that Stargell was paroled in 2009 and he stalked a worker to victimize at a dollar store in Campbell. He pulled a knife and threw a gallon of milk on the woman’s male co-worker who tried to intervene.
In one of his prior letters, Watkins stated “The cruelty, repeated brutality and serial rapes shown to a helpless disabled woman over an extended period of time in her own home is beyond reason and understanding and can only be explained as pure evil.”

The website,, organized by Bret Vinocur of Upper Arlington, noted Stargell’s first female victim died a few years ago, and she spent the remainder of her life haunted by what Stargell did to her.
“We believe to further the interests of justice and to protect the community, Terrance Stargell should be required to serve his maximum sentence of 70 years in prison,” Vinocur wrote.

For more information, contact Guy Vogrin, investigator / public information officer, Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office, 330-675-2485.

Mr. Watkins letter to the parole board



INCARCERATED: Grafton Correctional Institution.

Up for parole in June 2024 – serving 23-year-to -life sentence for August 1995 convictions of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the shooting death of 24-year-old Derrick Trimble. Sentenced by the late Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Mitchell F. Shaker. Totts had death penalty specifications dismissed as a result of his guilty pleas to avoid trial.

“Raat (aka Samuel Totts) had this look in his eyes like a wild look that would put fear in your heart.” – Prosecutor Dennis Watkins in quoting a witness in this case.

This is Totts’ fourth attempt at gaining parole. The Prosecutor’s office successfully opposed Totts’ bids in 2011, 2019 and 2022 citing the seriousness of his crimes, his relatively young age (Totts only has served 29 years of a life sentence) and his disciplinary problems while incarcerated.

For more information, contact newsletter editor Guy M. Vogrin, investigator/public information officer at the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office at 330-675-2485.

Trumbull County sex offender denied parole

The Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Victim/Witness Advocate Mary Jo Hoso learned today from the Ohio Adult Parole Authority that Trumbull County sexual offender Franklin Bumgardner, 50, has been denied release on parole.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website, Baumgardner, at left, who is housed at Grafton Correctional Institution, will next be eligible for a parole hearing in February 2029. He went before the parole board last month seeking release.

In September 2007, Bumgardner pleaded guilty to four counts rape, one count attempted rape and three counts gross sexual imposition and was sentenced by retired Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay to 10 years to life in prison in September 2007. Judge McKay also labeled him a sexual predator which requires him to register his address for life with the sheriff’s office if he is ever released from prison.

Bumgardner’s victim was a juvenile and the case was investigated by the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office, Trumbull County Children Services, and the county’s Child Advocacy Center.

For more information, contact Guy M. Vogrin, investigator/public information officer for the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office at 330-675-2485

Convicted murderer denied parole; to stay in prison until ’28