Jury recommends life without parole for convicted murderer Anthony Pardon

Anthony Pardon | Feb. 10, 2020 (WBNS-10TV)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A jury has recommended to the judge that convicted killer Anthony Pardon spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance of parole.

“Anthony Pardon should die in prison and will not be on the streets to prey on another young woman,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

Pardon, 55, was convicted last week in the 2018 kidnapping, rape and murder of 24-year-old Rachael Anderson.

Anderson was found inside her closet, hog-tied with the cords of a curling iron and hairdryer.

She was stabbed in the base of her head with a steak knife from her apartment.

Pardon was captured on video surveillance using her credit cards hours after the murder.

Isabella Dixon, one of Pardon's attorneys, believes the jury voted to give him a life sentence because of his childhood.

“This is someone who was institutionalized who had never had any guidance who had not shown love what we see here is extreme physical neglect and extreme emotional neglect,” she said.

Pardon has an extensive criminal history – including being convicted as a juvenile for the rape of a 9-month-old boy, court records show.

In 1982, Pardon was convicted of attempted murder and rape involving the mother of a high school classmate. He spent nearly 25 years in an Ohio prison for that case.

When he got out and moved to Georgia, Pardon was later convicted of forgery and failing to register as a sex offender.

He spent another nine years in a Georgia prison before returning to Ohio in the Spring of 2017.

The judge will officially sentence Pardon on March 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Pardon’s attorney said he will not appeal the jury’s decision but his client might. If that happens, he will not be part of the appeal.

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