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Adopted Man Finds Biological Father On Ohio's Death Row

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A man who was adopted as a child and spent the past year researching his ancestry has discovered that his biological father is on Ohio's death row for killing a corrections officer and two others in the state's worst prison riot.

Forty-one-year-old Sean Baker met his father, George Skatzes (SKATES), for the first time in March at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, where Skatzes is being held while he appeals his death sentence.

Baker, who lives in Henderson, Kentucky, says he was initially disturbed to learn that his father is a convicted murderer but now believes in his innocence.

Prosecutors considered Skatzes a leader in the eleven-day riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville in 1993, in which nine inmates were killed along with the corrections officer.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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