Prosecutors lobby to keep man who raped six Akron women behind bars


Willie Lagway (Photo credit: Ohio Department of Corrections)

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AKRON, Ohio- The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office is trying to keep a convicted rapist behind bars.

Willie Lagway was sentenced to a maximum of 375 years in prison for his 1983 crime spree. He has a parole board hearing scheduled for February, but the prosecutor’s office wants help keeping Lagway in prison.

“Wille Lagway should never be released from prison. His lengthy criminal record began as a juvenile with violence escalating with each crime. He is an extremely violent man and we believe he will victimize again if released,” said prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, in a news release.

During five days in 1983, Lagway kidnapped, robbed and raped six women at knifepoint. Prosecutors said he took his victims from around Akron Children’s Hospital, a downtown Akron bank and a Barberton department store. He held each woman captive for hours and wrote down their addresses from their driver’s licenses.

“I’m an ex-con and a sinner and a heathen. Do your job. The more I suffer on earth the better it will be for me,” Lagway told authorities after his arrest.

The prosecutor’s office is asking people to send letters the Ohio Parole Board, 770 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43222. Letters should include Lagway’s name and inmate number A173689.

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