Convicted child killer Eugene Gall ineligible for parole, judge rules

CINCINNATI -- A convicted child rapist, kidnapper and murderer known by many as "the monster under the bed" is ineligible for parole, Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Gregory Singer ruled Monday.

Singer ruled Eugene Gall, 67, will not receive credit against his Ohio prison sentence for 16 years served in a Kentucky prison for similar violent crimes.

The decision is a win for the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, which was notified recently that Gall was eligible and being considered for parole. That prompted Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. to launch a legal battle to block Gall's parole.

In 1979, Gall pleaded guilty to killing 14-year-old Beth Ann Mote.

Two years prior, the Oakwood, Ohio girl was walking to school when Gall pretended to stop and ask her for directions. In the next six months, Gall would abduct and rape at least four more girls in Dayton, Beavercreek and Cincinnati.

But Gall’s guilty plea 34 years ago wasn’t the end of his story: On Dec. 2, he met with an Ohio Parole Board to determine if he would be considered for parole.

When Gall was convicted in 1979, he was already on death row in Kentucky. He had taken 12-year-old Lisa Jansen off the streets of her Columbia Township neighborhood and drove her to Kentucky where she was raped and shot to death.

However, a federal appeals court tossed out the Kentucky conviction, saying prosecutors failed to prove key elements of the case. The appeals court also said a prohibition against double jeopardy forbade a retrial. Rather than have Gall involuntarily and indefinitely committed in a civil proceeding, Kentucky turned Gall over to the Lebanon Correctional Institute in 2001 to serve a life sentence in Ohio for rape and murder in multiple other attacks on young girls.

Authorities in Ohio gave Gall credit for time served out-of-state, which is why in early December he was considered for parole eight years earlier than anyone expected.

"No, I never expected him to be eligible for parole," Doris Mote, mother of the murdered Oakwood girl, told WCPO news partner WHIO. "He needs to stay in jail for public safety."

Linda Tally Smith, the current Commonwealth's Attorney in Boone County where Gall was convicted, recalled thinking of him as "the monster under the bed."

Authorities believe the Gall they know today is the same man who went on his rampage of rape and murder over three decades ago.

"He has said before that he feels that he will be impulsive and kill again and that needs to be considered by the Parole Board when they take this into consideration that he should not be released," Assistant Prosecutor Mary Montgomery told WHIO.

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