ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) -- A 41-year-old Athens County man who has spent nearly 20 years in prison for murdering his girlfriend is expected to be denied parole.
The murder happened back in 1992.
Michael Eckels was 22-years old when he pleaded to a charge of murder in March 1993 in the Athens County Court of Common Pleas. Eckels was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison and incarcerated at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, OH.
Thursday, Eckels had his latest parole hearing.
Michael Davis, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, said the parole board recommended that Eckels remain in prison until October 2015, at which time he will be up again for parole.
Davis said it is unclear when the board will issue its final recommendation, but it is expected within the coming days.
Eckels was last seen by a parole board in December 2005.