Inmate indicted for killing Mantua Township man

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An inmate serving a life sentence for killing three teenage girls and a Bible studies teacher in western Ohio nearly 14 years ago has been indicted for the prison murder of a Mantua Township man.

A grand jury indicted Lawrence Michael Hensley, 43, Monday in the death of Brad L. Hamlin, 24, formerly of Mantua Township, who was found unresponsive in Hensley's Toledo Correctional Institution cell in September and died two days later in a nearby hospital.

Hamlin, a father of two, was serving a five-year sentence for burglary at the time of his death. He was arrested by the Portage County Sheriff's Office and charged with multiple felonies related to area break-ins, as well as the theft of personal property and automobiles in February 2010.

Investigators believe three inmates were in or near the cell when Hamlin was assaulted, but only Hensley has been indicted, said Rob Miller, an assistant prosecutor in Lucas County. An autopsy indicated that Hamlin had been restrained.

"There was a previous disagreement between the victim and one or more inmates," Miller told The Blade newspaper in Toledo.

Hensley does not yet have an attorney. He has been moved from Toledo Correctional Institution to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville

Hensley was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 after admitting in a deal to avoid the death penalty that he killed four people in Shelby County, 40 miles north of Dayton.

He admitted he killed his neighbor, Sherry Kimbler, 16, her cousin, Tosha Barrett, 16, and their friend, Amy Mikesell, 14, in July 1999 at his house. The girls' bodies were found after a woman who had been shot and wounded escaped from the house. Hensley then drove to the house of Bible teacher Brett Wildermuth, 37, and shot him in the back.

He surrendered a few days later after taking three hostages at a gas station.

His former attorney said Hensley had studied Satanism and practiced rituals and that he had a sexual addiction. Hensley told family, friends and co-workers he was in a devil-worshipping cult and had sexual compulsions.

Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell, who was not in office at that time, said it was one of the worst killings in the county's history.

"He killed these three young girls, then killed another gentleman, then shot his way down the highway," Sell said.

Hensley also has a history of violence following his incarceration. According to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records, a judge added two years to Hensley's life sentence in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to felonious assault in Warren County.

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  • have fun at Lucasville, where he should of been to begin with.

  • Amen Ashley! This should of never happened!! They just need to give him the death penalty already!

  • This guy should never have been around my cousin in the first place to kill again! he should die the same way he killed my cousin!

  • Could we get this guy put in the same cells with a few of these child molesters? If not, how about a drug dealer or two?

  • What does this guy care? Add on another life sentence. No skin off his back.

  • No matter how BAD you THINK you are, there is ALWAYS someone BADDER than you!!

  • I say burn this guy. Make room for the next one!

  • And why are we still housing and feeding this animal? He should be put to death for the first incident. Another fail in our injustice system.