Cuyahoga County

Steven Combs Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Death of 40-Year-Old Jeffrey Mechling

April 11, 2013

CLEVELAND- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced that Steven Combs was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by a three judge panel consisting of Judge’s Deena Calabrese, Michael Russo, and John Russo.

On August 2, 2011, Steven Combs, 48, of Cleveland, cut a hole through a screen in an open window of a residence on Walton Avenue in Cleveland and entered the home. Combs, while wearing a ski mask, entered the bedroom and shot the 40-year-old male victim, Jeffrey Mechling, twice while he was asleep. He then proceeded to stab the victim more than fifty times. On February 27, 2013, Combs plead guilty to two counts of Aggravated Murder, two counts of Aggravated Burglary, one count of Aggravated Robbery, one count of Felonious Assault, two counts of Kidnapping, and one count of Having Weapons While Under Disability with firearm and felony murder specifications and also requested the death penalty.

Prosecutor McGinty said, “If we continue to have a death penalty in Ohio, men like this deserve it. This habitual violent criminal stated he was proud of the butchery he inflicted on the sleeping victim, and he promised he would kill again if these Judges gave him a chance.”

Assistant County Prosecutors Blaise Thomas, Mary McGrath, and William Leland prosecuted this case. Contact: Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, (216) 698-2819, cell (216) 299-9326 or    

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