Location Toledo Correctional Institution
Offenses Aggravated Murder, Felonious Assault
Sentence Min/Max 26 YEARS/LIFE
Date Admitted 06/12/1995
Next Eligibility Hearing Date 08/30/2023
In late 1994, Kinney’s wife Phyllis filed for divorce. The exact reasons are not known, but there was evidence that Kinney physically abused her as a form of control. When she had enough and left him, Kinney began stalking her. Witnesses frequently observed him standing outside her place of work, staring into the windows. His obsession escalated to him repeatedly slashing the tires on her car. Phyllis began dating one of her co-workers, a man named Sidney White. The two worked the third shift together.

On the night of the murder, they got off work and went out to find the tires on her car had been slashed again. Phyllis and Sidney managed to change the tires and finally make their way back to her apartment. Unbeknownst to them, Kinney had gotten there more than an hour before and was lying in wait with a gun. As they approached the building, Kinney stepped out of the shadows with a pistol in his hand. He pointed it at Sidney, told him that he wouldn’t “screw anybody else’s wife” again, and then coldly shot him in the groin. Sidney managed to stagger away to get help.

Once Sidney was gone, Kinney turned his rage on Phyllis. He grabbed her and began repeatedly slamming her in the walls of the building. He then put his forearm against her throat and pinned her to the wall. While Phyllis continued to struggle, Kinney put the pistol against her chest and shot her twice. Phyllis died from her wounds.

The subsequent investigation would reveal that this was not a crime committed in the sudden heat of passion, but rather a premeditated act. Kinney had told someone the day before that he had a gun and that he was going to kill Phyllis. He then hid at the apartment and waited for them to get there before making good on his statement.

For the premeditated murder of his estranged wife and the intentional maiming of another, Kinney deserves the Life sentence he received. The Hamilton County Prosecutors Office strongly opposes early release for Sherman Kinney.


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