A Norton man convicted in the stabbing death of an Akron girl at a church-run restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls in 1999 has been denied an early release from prison.
The Ohio Parole Board recommended Shane Partin serve 10 more years in prison before his next early release hearing.
The majority of the Parole Board concluded "that Inmate Partin is not a suitable candidate to be released."
The board issued its recommendation following a parole hearing in Grafton on Dec. 16.
"This crime involved the unprovoked stabbing death of a young female victim. During his hearing, Inmate Partin did admit his crime and that 'he meant to hurt the victim because she had hurt him,'" the board reported.
Partin, now 42, was sentenced in September 1999 to 15 years to life in prison for the murder of 15-year-old Cassandra Blondheim on Jan. 31, 1999, at the Cathedral Buffet, owned by Ernest Angley's Grace Cathedral, where they worked as volunteers.
The minutes from the hearing noted the parole board is also "concerned" by the fact that Partin allegedly was trying to "establish a relationship with a female staff member" or a contractor at the prison in 2005.
The board recommended continued incarceration because there is "substantial reason to believe that due to the serious nature of the crime, the release of the inmate into society would create undue risk to public safety…"
Sharona Lengel, Cassandra's older sister, said she cried when she received the news by phone from the Ohio Parole Board that Partin would remain locked up.
"It's such a relief," she said. "We could not have asked for a better outcome."
Lengel had led a petition drive to keep Partin in prison.
The Board's decision is final and won't be reconsidered, according to Ricky Seyfang, deputy of communications for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.