‘I’ve hardly seen someone with so little remorse as you,’ judge says in sentencing for man convicted of killing two in Parma Heights

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Thomas Knuff was sentenced to death Wednesday by Common Pleas Judge Deena Calabrese.

A jury recommended the death penalty for Knuff in July, and Judge Calabrese agreed.

He was found guilty of aggravated murder, kidnapping and multiple other charges in a seven week trial for the deaths of two people in Parma Heights in 2017.

Knuff fatally stabbed John Mann, 65, and Regina Capobianco, 50, inside a home on Nelwood Road on May 11, 2017, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Knuff spoke at the sentencing, saying he had apologized to the families.

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The prosecutor's office says Knuff connected with Capobianco as part of a prison pen pal program, and that Mann and Capobianco had picked him up from prison a month before the killings.

"You killed a gentle and kind person who only tried to help you out," Mann's son said to Knuff in court.

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"Mr. Knuff was sorry for how things turned out, but I never heard him say that he was sorry for his own actions. Not once did I recall hearing those things," Judge Calabrese said.

"I've hardly seen someone with so little remorse as you."

There are currently 138 men on death row in Ohio.

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