Convicted killer of 17-year-old Mentor girl Michelle Hayes could be set free by Ohio Parole Board

Victim's family urges board to deny parole

MENTOR, Ohio - The family of a 17-year-old Mentor girl who was brutally murdered in 1985 is urging the Ohio Parole Board to keep her killer behind bars.

Scott Grant was 18 in 1985 when he and codefendant Stephen Cohen kidnapped, murdered and dismembered Michelle Hayes' body, burying it in a shallow grave.

Cohen was released from prison in 2010 after serving 25 years.

Now, Grant, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison, is scheduled for a parole hearing in June, prompting Michelle's family to plead with the board to keep Grant behind bars.

A victim conference was held Wednesday in Cleveland where Michelle's sister, Dawn, described the pain that Grant caused their family.

"Michelle's murder is a part of who I am--like my arm is a part of me," said Dawn Hayes.

"I fight every parole hearing because honestly I believe what is right."

Grant, 45, admitted in a signed confession that "I sawed off the legs", referring to how he and Cohen buried the body.

Lake County Prosecutor Charles Coulson attended Wednesday's hearing and urged the board to deny parole.

"I've seen a lot of crime scene photos and quite frankly, this is one of the most gruesome," Coulson said.

Meanwhile, Dawn Hayes has launched an online petition asking for the community's help to keep Grant from being released. [See the petition here: http://bit.ly/YfOPEH ]

"I believe he will kill again if he's released," Hayes said.

The parole board has scheduled a June parole hearing for Grant.

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