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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