Efaw's release has Leffler livid

NORWALK Russ Leffler did not want to see Paul Efaw in civilian clothes until 2015. Failing that, the H
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010



Russ Leffler did not want to see Paul Efaw in civilian clothes until 2015.

Failing that, the Huron County prosecutor would have liked to see Efaw remain in a prison jumpsuit at least through the end of the decade.

But after only three years behind bars, Efaw is set to become a free man. According to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Efaw is slated to be released today from Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville.

Leffler said Efaw's release this week is a sad reminder that the sentence he was given was insufficient.

"My idea is that by killing a child, he should have been in prison the full 10 years, but the judge didn't see it that way," Leffler said. "He could have gotten 10, but he got three. I don't think most of the community thought much of the sentence, and I didn't think much of it, either."

Efaw, 62, was sentenced for voluntary manslaughter after he stabbed his 11-year-old foster daughter to death at his Monroeville-area home.

A Huron County jury found Efaw guilty of the first-degree felony charge on Sept. 9, 2005, and on Oct. 18, 2005, Judge Earl McGimpsey handed down the minimum sentence -- three years.

Connre Dixon, 11, bled to death Oct. 18, 2004, after Efaw thrust a knife into her chest several times. Connre cut Efaw first, and Efaw's defense was that he killed her accidentally while struggling to defend himself.

But Leffler maintains that Efaw's actions were brutally violent.

"We had excellent testimony from the coroner that showed he had pulled the knife in and out of her chest four times -- not all of the way out of the chest, but he had changed the direction of it inside the chest. He pulled it to change the path, but never fully removed it," Leffler said.

McGimpsey defended his decision in 2005 by saying first-time offenders were granted leniency. McGimpsey could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.