Gregory Esparza was sentenced to death by the State of Ohio for a robbery murder. According to court documents Gregory Esparza would enter the Island Variety Outlet and would shoot and kill the clerk, Melanie Gerschultz, during the robbery. Gregory Esparza was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
- Gregory Esparza was resentenced to thirty years to life
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Gender Male Race White
Admission Date 05/23/1984
Institution Chillicothe Correctional Institution
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At approximately 9:30 p.m. on February 12, 1983, a man entered the Island Variety Carryout in Toledo, Ohio, wearing a green ski mask and a dark blue jacket. The victim, Melanie Gerschultz, and James Barrailloux, both store employees, were the only other persons present and were standing in the back of the store as the man entered.
The man approached the pair, pointed a small black handgun at them and ordered one of them to open the cash register at the front of the store. Gerschultz complied and walked towards the cash register. As she opened the register, Barrailloux crouched down and left the store through the rear door, entering the attached home of the store owner, Evelyn Krieger. While he was alerting Krieger of the robbery, they heard a gunshot. Barrailloux and Krieger re-entered the store to find Gerschultz lying on the floor with a fatal gunshot wound in her neck. The cash register was open and approximately $110 was missing. A small round hole was found in the sheet of clear Plexiglas located to the side of the cash register, through which the bullet had apparently passed.