A release consideration hearing for Shane Partin will not be open to the public, according to an email to the Falls News-Press from a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

This will be Partin's first chance for parole since he was convicted of murder in the stabbing death of Cassandra Blondheim at the Cathedral Buffet in Cuyahoga Falls in 1999. He was sentenced to 15 to life in prison.

The hearing will be conducted Dec. 16 by a panel of Ohio Parole Board members, who will interview Partin from his place of incarceration, which is Grafton Correctional Institution. There will be no witnesses, attorneys, or other individuals participating, the email said.

If the Parole Board decides to propose a parole following the December hearing, the victim's family will be given the opportunity to request a full board open hearing. A full Board open hearing includes all of the Board members, during which the victim's family and other witnesses have the opportunity to make a statement regarding the proposed parole.

If the decision of the Parole Board following the December hearing is not to parole Partin but to instead continue his incarceration, the Parole Board will set a date for his next release consideration hearing sometime in the future and that will conclude the matter until that date arrives. As the date for the next release consideration hearing approaches, the victim notification process described above would occur all over again.

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