W.Va. Prisoner Pleads To 1982 Rape, Murder In Ohio

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

St. Clairsville, Ohio (AP) -- A man doing time in West Virginia for killing a 13-year-old girl has confessed to rape and murder in ohio to avoid the death penalty.

Sixty-five-year-old Eugene Blake of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty Monday in Belmont County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder during the commission of a rape.

Blake admitted shooting 21-year-old Mark Withers in 1982, then raping Withers' 17-year-old companion.

He faces a life sentence when he returns to court Friday.

Blake has been imprisoned in West Virginia for the 1984 rape and murder of Maryann Helmbright of Wheeling.

He would have been eligible for parole next year.

He also killed a Wayne County woman in 1967, but was paroled in 1979 after then-Gov. Arch Moore commuted his sentence.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Combat Vet Location: Ohio on Mar 29, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    The judges and parole boards that kept releasing this piece of trash,should be held responsible for all the crimes committed by this jerk after each time the idiots decided to cut him loose.Be advised---if he had murdered or raped someone in my family----he would not be here today.Give him the death penalty and not by a sissified lethal injection.It would not take very many public neck stretchings to deter and reduce the number of murderers-rapist-dope dealers,etc.Time to make the punishment fit the crime.Now stand-up,quit trying to plead out and face your punishment---you big crybaby!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: right here on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    Statute of limitations is the amount of time a person has to bring up something such as a rape. It deals with the time a person has to accuse someone. Nothing to do with a man pleading to a crime.
  • by Jon Location: P-Burg on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    I do not believe in the death penalty. This man should live the rest of his life in prison where he can feel the guilt of what he has done. Killing him would be to easy and I am against it. He should realize what he has done and have to wake up every mrning and think about it.
  • by Roger on Mar 29, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    Legislatures have set minimum and MAXIMUM sentences with each law we have and judges must comply with the law. The problem is usually not with the judges, IT IS WITH OUR LEGISLATURES who for the most part are ATTORNEYS! They are looking our for fellow defense attorneys more so than the citizens they are supposed to serve. Identify these persons and vote them out of office.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    what about stute of limitations???
  • by Kelly Location: Parkersburg on Mar 28, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    this man has been let out on the streets one too many times.the courts should have see that the very next time he hurt someone.he shouldnt be released at all to hurt anyone else.i think this is where the death penalty should arrive with him..
  • by what on Mar 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    why is this animal still alive. this soft on crime agenda will go on as long as we have liberal judges passing out slap on the wrists to criminals. when they stop treating criminals like royalty and the public like criminals , and pouring out real punishment, than things will change for the better. no slaps on the wrist, no more letting killers out with little or no bond. no more lenient sentences for killers, rapists, etc. he thinks rape is so good, let him get raped and beat to death.
  • by sickened on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    The reason he's still alive is because WV's whole legal system is fecal matter. The courts are in bed with CPS and the police just care about money. That's the only thing this whole system cares about, is how else can they suck money from the taxpayers.
  • by charlene on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    i would do the same thing to that guy and he did to the other people then he will c how it feels
  • by THEVOICE on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    This is appalling. A guy who kills and rapes multiple people especially young people shouldnt have the right to live in this world. He is no more than the scum on my shoes. It's ridiculous that our court system cant put these scum to death in a quick and cheap manner! Someone who rapes and kills children is someone that I have no sympathy for. It would be easy and cheap on us taxpayers if we used a firing squad method. One bullet to the head is def. cheaper than lethal injection!
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