Convicted Cop-Killer Seeks Relief from Sentence

Full story: WJLA-TV Arlington

Thirty years after his conviction for the murder of a Hagerstown police officer, 56-year-old Merle Unger is still looking for ways to get out of prison.

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D Stahl

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Jul 2, 2006
 
He took the life of an off-duty police officer and I feel that Mr. Unger should spend the rest of his life in prison.
It is doubtful that the Maryland prison system has reformed him to the level of him becoming a model citizen on the outside.
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Sabrina Unger

Owensboro, KY

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Aug 19, 2006
 

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IM his daughter and he needs a second chance because no one knows him like i do and he is a changed man.He is the most sweet,loving,fun person in the world and the best dad.He deserves a second chance just like anyone else and he will prove to you that he is changed.Try growing up without a father and half your life you have to see him behind bars.I only got to see him twice a week if that.Now,i havent seen him in almost 3 years because he is fighting to get out for his family,his dying mother,his wife and 2 kids..so why should you judge any man that you dont know? It's been long enough for him.He deserves and needs his second chance.

Sabrina Unger
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I would like to ask who out there in the real world still thinks like they did 36 years ago, As for the prison system reforming anyone forget it, It is not about Reform its about punishment. Do you know if you were robbed and the robber is running away from you and you kill him you can go to jail for manslaughter, sounds like he was running away and not trying to kill the off duty police officer, was he in uniform ?
think about it 36 years is a long time.
D Stahl wrote:
He took the life of an off-duty police officer and I feel that Mr. Unger should spend the rest of his life in prison.
It is doubtful that the Maryland prison system has reformed him to the level of him becoming a model citizen on the outside.
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k lo

Jersey City, NJ

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Aug 30, 2006
 
Sabrina Unger wrote:
IM his daughter and he needs a second chance because no one knows him like i do and he is a changed man.He is the most sweet,loving,fun person in the world and the best dad.He deserves a second chance just like anyone else and he will prove to you that he is changed.Try growing up without a father and half your life you have to see him behind bars.I only got to see him twice a week if that.Now,i havent seen him in almost 3 years because he is fighting to get out for his family,his dying mother,his wife and 2 kids..so why should you judge any man that you dont know? It's been long enough for him.He deserves and needs his second chance.
Sabrina Unger
i dont care if he is your dad he took someones live. he even altared your life he should and will stay in jail.
k lo

Jersey City, NJ

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Aug 30, 2006
 
if you kill you should be killed
Retired HPD

Hagerstown, MD

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Dec 13, 2006
 

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Thirty one years ago tonight right around this time your father put a .25cal handgun against Donnie Kline's chest and shot three times at point blank range. He was a good family man, Police Officer, and friend. I was a rookie Patrolman riding with my field training Officer; was dispatched to the scene and first car to arrive. I went to where Officer Kline was laying on a porch just down the street from the Store your father just robbed. I was one of the last persons Donnie spoke to that night:“I’m hurt bad!”… he died about two hours later. Donnie was 40 years old, and a 14 year veteran of the department, a Koran War veteran, with a wonderful wife and family. He left his home to go to the corner store for Ice Cream to watch a movie that was coming on TV; he never saw them again. Details from the “Office Down Memorial”….Officer Kline interrupted an armed robbery in a grocery store while off duty. He was inside shopping when a man entered and robbed the owner. When the suspect left Officer Kline pursued him on foot. In the ensuing shootout Officer Kline was struck three times in the chest and killed. The suspect was also wounded in the chest and taken into custody. I was one of many that testified at the Trial, a Jury found him GUILTY and gave him the maximum sentence under the law. The US Supreme Court had rule in June 1972 5-4 that the arbitrary application of the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment, and therefore unconstitutional; NOT ruling again until July 1976 to reinstate the death penalty. The State of Maryland could NOT request that punishment. You talk of second chances? Your father escaped after killing Officer Kline, and was involved in another shot out with a Police Officer in Florida wounding him. He is backing up a long sentence there. Merle Unger is a cold blooded murder who should have died that night in the basement of the house where we found him. Then he escaped punishment again when he was NOT sentence to death. But I can only hope he dies in Maryland DOC and is shipped back to Florida DOC to rot.
Deborah

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Dec 18, 2006
 
Being the wife of Merle's second cousin knowing what I know of this case, this man didn't get near what he deserved. Now he's appealing his conviction due to "his jury received improper instructions from the judge." http://news.aol.com/photos/_p/merle-w-unger-j...

As to the prison system reforming anyone, all I have to say to that is BULLSH**. Prison has never been about reform but always about punishment. Like cop killers, I believe all rapists, child molesters and hate criminals should be put to death in the same fashion that they take/destroy their victims lives.
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Huddinge, Sweden

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Dec 19, 2006
 
This is strange. There is a Donnie Kline living in Heathsville, VA today who claims to be a former police officer. Is there any connection?
mike citizen

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Dec 19, 2006
 
The bottom line is this - if this man hadn't have been a cop, Unger would have been out years ago. I'm so sick of this double standard, that's why i am opposed to the death penalty. Kill a cop or an important person you're toast, kill a common man - life or less.
Jamey

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May 23, 2007
 
I remember when all this happened. I was pretty young. Us kids used to hide and jump out in front of people and yell "Merle Unger's gonna get ya!" My dad got pulled over during one of Merle's escapes because he looked like him. I thought that was funny. Didn't they make a T-shirt that said "Go, Merle, Go"?
LUCIFER

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May 24, 2007
 
Let's kill him!
Pat Riot

Chico, CA

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May 30, 2007
 
Merle Unger for president in 2008...
DWIGHT REXROTH

Wilmington, DE

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Jun 9, 2007
 
YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT SEEING YOUR DAD BEHIND BARS. WHERE DOES KLINE'S FAMILY GO TO SEE HIM? YOUR FATHER HAS HAD NUMEROUS CHANCES TO GO STRAIGHT. ALSO, IF IT WASN'T FOR CONJUGAL VISITS ALLOWED BY FLORDIA PRISONS, YOU PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN BORN. YOUR FATHER RUINED MY MARRIAGE. HE CONNED HIS SISTER TO HELP HIM ESCAPE FROM JAIL. HE IS VERY ADEPT AT MANEUVERING PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT. HE ALREADY HAS YOU CONVINCED. I SUGGEST THAT YOU MOVE TO BALTIMORE IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR FATHER MORE OFTEN. MAYBE KLINE’S FAMILY CAN MOVE TO THE CEMETERY. YOUR FATHER IS A VERY DANGEROUS MAN AND DESERVES TO STAY WHERE HE IS.
Merle Unger

Morganton, NC

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Jul 2, 2007
 
"First off do any of you know this man?" "Do any of you know the truth? What about his accomplises? were you there? Who are any of you to judge any man? do you have a son named jesus? Are you God? first off Dwight, my familys concern of how we were born is none of your buisness! Yes what he did was wrong, but were are his accomplises, there not sitting in prison with him are they? you know not of what you speak you act like you are all perfect. Im sure there are things you have done that you are ashamed of. My father is a nice highly intelligent person who made some mistakes as a youth, and i would appreciate if you would just leave it alone, its god's will what happens now!


Merle Unger

“A PBS mind in an MTV world ”

Since: Apr 07

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Jul 3, 2007
 
Does the police officer he killed get a second chance to live? Until he does he needs to stay right where he is!
D Blair

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Jul 4, 2007
 
I believe that Merle has NOT served his time. I remember when he was arrested for escape and being interviewed by a local news reporter that he threatened Mr. Rexroth's life because he turned him and his siter in for the escape. For this reason alone I think that Merle SHOULD and WILL stay incarcerated until he has passed on so that he will not tear another family apart needlessly!!!
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Burn him. I hate cop killers!
Kathy

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Aug 6, 2007
 
Hi Sabrina,
I just wanted you to know that I have met your father. I lived in Chambersburg, PA where I met his younger brother, Nick. I took Nick to see your father in Baltimore. I, for one, do believe your father when he said he took the rap for killing this cop although he was not the one that shot him. Where are the 2 other accomplices and why aren't they in prison also? I hope you will reply to this as I am very curious. I saw where he is getting a new trial and will keep searching online for updated news.
Please tell Nick I said Hello!!!
KathyB

IM his daughter and he needs a second chance because no one knows him like i do and he is a changed man.He is the most sweet,loving,fun person in the world and the best dad.He deserves a second chance just like anyone else and he will prove to you that he is changed.Try growing up without a father and half your life you have to see him behind bars.I only got to see him twice a week if that.Now,i havent seen him in almost 3 years because he is fighting to get out for his family,his dying mother,his wife and 2 kids..so why should you judge any man that you dont know? It's been long enough for him.He deserves and needs his second chance.
Sabrina Unger

“Live life with love”

Since: Jul 07

Somewhere back home.

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Aug 9, 2007
 
Do we not have the right to judge him? Are we not the society that this man set out to disrupt with his actions? I do believe that when you go into a hearing, you are judge by a jury of your peers?
Maybe I am confused here, are we to let all murderers, rapist, child offender and other "bad men" go once they say "sorry"?
If so, are you going to want them in your neighborhood when they get out? Would you sleep well knowing that your neighbor killed a man in cold blood?
How much time served in prison do you feel is enough for having taken the life of another? To place a person in prison is not taking their life. It is simply removing them from a society that no longer wishes for them to be a part of it.
As I am sure we will all answer to God for our actions here on earth, I would not wish to answer to Him as to why I would allow a murderer to murder again.
SHORTIE REXROTH

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Sep 2, 2007
 
MERLE, YOU WONDER WHY YOUR DAD’S ACCOMPLICES ARE NOT IN JAIL; ASK YOUR DAD. HE NEVER SQUEALED ON THEM. THEY ARE MORE HELPFUL TO HIM ON THE OUTSIDE, SO WHEN HE ESCAPES, HE HAS SOMEONE TO HELP HIM. WE ARE NOT JUDGING YOUR FATHER. THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE BY A COURT OF LAW, AND HE WAS DEEMED TO BE GUILTY. YOU CLAIM WE DO NOT KNOW HIM. MOST OF US KNOW MORE OF THE TRUTHS ABOUT YOUR FATHER THAN YOU AND YOUR SISTER KNOW OR WILL ACCEPT. I THINK YOU AND YOUR SISTER SHOULD SEEK COUNSELING TO HELP YOU ACCEPT THE SITUATION OF YOUR FATHER. KLINE’S CHILDREN ARE PROBABLY STILL IN COUNSELING.

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