Triple Homicide Trial: Death penalty for Curtis Clinton

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Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 14, 2013

UPDATE 3:31 p.m. — Erie County Common Pleas Court erupted in a screaming match Thursday afternoon as Judge Tygh Tone handed rapist and killer Curtis Clinton, 42, three death sentences for the killings of Heather Jackson, 23, and her children, Celina, 3, and Wayne Jr., 20 months.

Clinton provoked Nick Fee, brother of Heather Jackson, into a rage when Clinton had the chance to make a final statement to the court.

Both Clinton and Fee stood from their chairs and deputies and police officers held them back from one another across the courtroom.

Clinton, dressed in orange jail garb, handcuffed and shackled for the hearing, was quickly placed back into his seat by deputies at the defense table and Fee settled into his chair in the jury box, seated behind his mother and father, Jodie and Herb Lynch.

Tone finished the hearing out, tacking on the life sentence for Clinton raping Celina, with an additional 10 years for Clinton's other crimes.

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During the half hour hearing, Jodie Lynch made a statement and victim's advocate Sarah Reynolds read a letter from the family of Misty Keckler, an 18-year-old woman Clinton strangled to death in 1997.

Elizabeth Sebetto, 19, a woman Clinton raped about a week before killing Jackson and her children, also read an emotional statement to the court.

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What a sick piece of worthless human life, just save the taxpayers some money and spend .25 Cents for a 9mm. Better yet let him meet Bruno the Backdoor Bandit in prison for a few months then let the family members have some time with him and then shoot him!

dorothy gale

I wonder how he feels knowing that so many people want him dead, and will cheer when he breathes his last. I am hoping for swift "prison justice" which I hope includes raping him like he raped that little baby.


A word of warning to all. Do NOT kid yourselves. I can assure you that there are entities unseen that walk amongst us. Both good and evil. They do exist and walk side-by-side. There is NOTHING that we do or say, or leave unsaid or undone THAT DOES NOT GO WITHOUT BEING WITNESSED. If more in this existence could "see" "sense" and "feel" as some are able to do, this world would be a much different place. We all have a choice. An individual choice to choose which side we individually place ourselves within.
Whether individually, or collectively, time as you and I know it and perceive it will eventually end. Choose wisely.


I find it a bit ironic he is telling the officers to get off of him and stop choking him. He doesn't like to be choked? Well I dont think Heather or her children liked it either. But he didn't stop. So maybe the officers shouldn't have stopped either! This man is a sick piece of garbage and deserves whatever he has coming to him. He has no remorse which makes it 10 times worse. I hope they take his actions in court into consideration during his appeals.

Julie R.

It's a darn good thing that lawyer spoke up how the court could not destroy the jury questionaires because he has seen cases where the Supreme Court has asked for those in appeals. In addition, I think for the sake of the guards, they better keep that monster in handcuffs and shackles 24-7 while he's in prison, too.

Stop It

I can't say what I would like to say about this case... the evil from him is trying to creep into my head. I shan't let it, or it may consume me for a time.

From the Grave

Sometimes you have to fight back. Put him away.


Its really easy to be a tough guy when you know noone can get to you. That officer was looking at Clinton like wait til we get out of here. He showed his true colors. He only put on that show because it was his last public chance to make it "look" like he still had control. His control is gone and no more cameras to smile for or people to see other than the person serving his food through a hole. He can pretend everything is peachy and hes a tough guy but we all know hes sitting in his cell lonely crying like a baby because he will never have control again and that will kill him alone. He wanted to be heard because all the strength from the families statements telling him he lost and they won ate at him. I say let him win his appeal to get off death row and in with some general population. Then we can all pay for noodles ;)


"Its really easy to be a tough guy when you know no one can get to you"

.....That's what I thought too. Tough talk while being surrounded by police.


I believe that is someone is convicted and sentanced to death , They should get one appeal and that appeal should take no more then six months , Just to be sure there wasnt any chance that the person or persons did not do it . when the court comes down and says no mistakes were made and he had a fair trial and he was proved to be guilty they should get it done the next morning .
Its a shame when a person kills a child as well as a mother and get to beath for {in some cases } twenty years and the person or persons were not afforded the same as the defendent . In this case , Clinton killed and raped not just them three but also he rape one Clyde teen as well as he raped as well as killed a teen in another town .
My heart goes out to the ones that have been effected , I know it does not just come down to the families , but it does come down to a lot more then that , Like anyone that has heard anything about this or anyone that picked up the Sandusky Register that Sunday morning like I did . I cried when I seen what had happened .It was a very tring day indead for me as well as the city of Sandusky as well as the readers of the Sandusky Register . My prayer to everyone that lives in Sandusky is that we can get by this and give each other support as well as prayers and that we can all become stronger and watch what is going on on your street and when you see something out of place , dont just sit and do nothin , call police and let them know what is going on . And be good to one another and respect each other as you respect yourselves .

Coram Deo

And to think if he would have stayed in jail after his first murder conviction in 1997 three people would have been alive. Who was the sentencing judge in that case?


I was in the court room today and I can say that one thing prevailed in the entire proceedings from the bench to the back wall and that was extreme pain! His decision to do what he did sowed seeds of pain in so many people's lives. It was so sad to see so many hurting people. Justice was done and the State did a stellar job. The SPD detectives who had to go through this are incredible! They had to re-live the scene over and over. May God grant them peace of mind and all of the families involved as well.


I wish Nick could have been AT&T and reached out and touched him!

Truth or Dare

If ever there was a time to kill, this is one and justifiably so! My thoughts and prayers are with the Lynch family, the Keckler family, for Elizabeth and her family, for strength and perseverance to continue walking what will be a re-occurring NIGHTMARE! The scars will be added too each time they are called upon.

I would like Elizabeth to know that her willingness to come forward, to have the strength and courage it takes to stand before this man, look him in the face and say the things she did, whether she's aware or not, she has become an ADVOCATE, a Hero so to speak for anyone that is a victim of Rape, and just as important, for Heather, Celina and lil Wayne. You are a living, breathing Angel and an example of the GOOD that can come out of something so very wrong!

For those that would never want to hear, speak this man's name, please reconsider. This case, the rapes and murders should be a continuing lesson to all, young and old alike, especially for children, no matter the gender and for any LE that is far too willing to dismiss the accusations of Rape and/or abuse of the ugliness that lurks within our world. The kind of ugliness that is manipulative, controlling, that steals one's innocence, their sense of self-worth, even before they know what that is!

My personal thanks to Judge Tone for not dismissing Elizabeth's rape case and for respecting the judgment of the Jury, to the Prosecutors and every last Deputy and Police Officer within that court-room. How they managed to control not choking the life out of this arrogant, unrepentant man is beyond me! This is just another one of those cases that if it didn't, should've shook each one of us to the core as to the reality of what's lurking out there, and if you NEVER FORGET you will BETTER PROTECT, not only ourselves but the young and nieve (sp) and innocent children as well!

Julie R.

I personally would thank that one defense attorney for Clinton more than the judge --- the one that spoke up real quick and told Tone he could not destroy the jury questionaires. Obviously, that lawyer knows the law. As for the prosecutors --- I personally think with all the evidence against that sociopath, first-year law students could have easily won it.


Agreed! I also think Nick could have honored his sister's and her kids' memory by making a more intelligent and thoughtful statement.


Truth or Dear - Thank you for your kind words of support ♥