November 27, 2014

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Officials identify inmate killed at Grafton Correctional Institution

Gerald Pierce

Gerald Pierce

GRAFTON – State prison officials have identified the inmate killed Sunday at Grafton Correctional Institution as 65-year-old Gerald Pierce.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman Ricky Seyfang said Pierce was serving a sentence of 33 years to life on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery out of Cuyahoga County. Pierce was admitted to prison in April 1990, according to prison records.

Pierce was killed Sunday in his cell during an altercation with his cell mate, who also is serving time on charges from Cuyahoga County. Seyfang declined to identify the other inmate or provide other information about him because the case is still under investigation.

The Ohio Highway Patrol has reported that the case is being handled as a homicide investigation, but no charges have been filed.

Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.


  • Lee Franklin

    I’m surprised nobody has commented on this….we always have someone chiming in about it will save the taxpayers money….hell…I’ll say it….saves the taxpayers money

    • Zen Grouch

      Oddly enough this one might cost the tax payers money.

      The guy appeared to have one foot in the grave already, so, it will probably cost more to investigate and prosecute his murder than it would to house him until he kicked it naturally.

      Then too, this guy is a criminal from another county, bringing cash into Lorain County from the state level. So, yeah, the state taxpayers foot his bill, but Lorain sends ‘em the bill.

  • shadow

    This isn’t even news. He murdered someone and someone else murdered him…that is exactly what should happen to murderers. NOT turned back into society so they can victimize again. He’s in a better place maybe, God is much more forgiving than humans.