A Sandusky man convicted in the 1988 stabbing death of his girlfriend will be released from prison in December, according to the Ohio Parole Board.
The board recommended during an Oct. 17 hearing that Thirkee Barron Jr. be granted parole.
On May 29, 1988, Barron kicked in the door of Christina M. Brown's Third Street apartment and stabbed her several times in the chest, killing her.
Barron also stabbed 17-year-old Curtis Jeter, who was in the apartment.
Barron and Brown argued the night prior to the stabbing, and Brown kicked Barron out of the apartment, according to newspaper accounts at the time.
Police were called to the scene by neighbors who heard a struggle in theapartment. They found Barron in a car outside the apartment. He had a knife with him and had run into a telephone pole with his car.
Barron was sentenced in January 1989 to15 years to life on the murder charge and 5-15 years for the felonious assault on Jeter.
"The board has determined that inmate is suitable to be released on to parole supervision at this time," the board wrote in its decision to grant Barron parole. "Mr. Barron has served 20 years on this instant offense, has adjusted well to the institution, and has taken many relevant programs to address his offense of conviction."
Barron, who was 26 when he was sentenced to prison, is now 47. He is incarcerated at the Grafton Correctional Institution and is scheduled to be released Dec. 17.