COSHOCTON - Two former Coshocton County men currently incarcerated after convictions on rape charges are scheduled to appear before the Ohio Parole Board next month.
George B. Carpenter, 73, of the Chillicothe Correctional Institution, has served more than 19 years in prison.
He was sentenced Dec. 2, 1988, in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court on two first-degree felony counts of rape and two third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition. A jury deliberated 1 and1¼2 hours that morning before finding him guilty of the charges that stemmed from incidents involving two 10-year-old girls.
He received a 10-year definite to life for one count rape; 10 to 25 years for one count of rape; and two years definite for gross sexual imposition.
Carpenter maintained his innocence even after sentencing, according to a Dec. 3, 1988, Coshocton Tribune article.
Court records show he filed various motions and appeals through 2001 to have his sentenced modified, and all were denied or dismissed.
During the 1988 trial the two girls used dolls to demonstrate what happened between Carpenter and themselves, according to a Dec. 2, 1988 Tribune article.
James P. Cozart, 48, of the Noble Correctional Institution, entered guilty pleas on July 22, 1996 to two first-degree felony counts of rape involving a male child under 13-years-old.
He was sentenced in January 1997 to serve six to 25 years.
Persons wishing to submit a written statement concerning these hearings may send such statement to the Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 1050 Freeway Drive, North, Columbus, OH 43229. Please include the offender's name and number on any correspondence.
George B. Carpenter institution number A207533
James P. Cozart institution number A339675
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