Convicted murderer from 1981 facing another 13 years in prison

TROY - A Piqua man convicted in a 1981 murder in Miami County was sentenced Monday to 13 years in prison on 14 charges of sexual battery and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, and the judge ordered him to serve the sentence consecutive to time decided by the state parole board.

With the order, Harry J. Walker Jr., 56, could be in prison for the rest of his life, said Paul Watkins, assistant county prosecutor. Walker served 31 years in prison for the murder of Robyn Clawson before being paroled in 2013. He will serve parole revocation time at least until July 2023 but could receive life under the 1981 sentence of 17 years to life.

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Judge Jeannine Pratt said Walker had a long, violent criminal history that dated to 1976 as a juvenile. Noting the murder was a sexually motivated offense as were the current cases, Pratt said she fashioned a sentence where Walker no longer could harm or injure another. Walker’s actions were “abhorrent” and “egregious,” she said.

Walker was indicted in the fall on seven counts of sexual battery of a minor and nine counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. The indictment alleged the offenses occurred in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in Piqua.

As part of a plea deal, Walker pleaded in county Common Pleas Court to nine counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and five counts of sexual battery. Prosecutors dismissed two counts of sexual battery.

In the plea agreement, a sentence of 13 years was recommended. If sentenced to the maximum time, he could have received up to 97 years in prison.

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Before sentencing Monday, Walker apologized to the victim, who is now 17 and was in court.

“I hope with time you will be able to forgive me,” Walker said.

A written statement was read for the victim by a victim advocate. The victim said she was afraid of what would happen if she told what was occurring with Walker, and said she continues to have nightmares.

Watkins called Walker’s actions horrific.

“I think this defendant has proven he is a danger to those around him, the community as a whole,” he said.

Walker, then 20 and living in Troy, was convicted of murder in the October 1981 death of Clawson, whose body was found in a field off Eldean Road near Troy. He was sentenced in 1982 to 17 years to life in prison. He was out on parole at the time of the alleged offenses and was required to register as a sex offender in Miami County.

He was returned to prison in August in a parole violation.

With the latest convictions, Walker will again be designated a sex offender. He will be a Tier III offender, requiring lifetime registration following prison release.

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