Privileges denied for Akron woman involved in fatal assault

Ryan Young

An Akron woman involved in January’s fatal beating of Kent State student John White, 28, was denied reinstatement of her work release privileges Tuesday.

Judge John Enlow revoked the privileges of Hallie Nuspl, 21, after several behavior-related infractions while incarcerated.

Connie Sisco, the inmate services coordinator for Portage County Jail, said Nuspl had been caught passing notes to other prisoners inside of books, used a prison intercom to communicate with a male acquaintance and once returned an hour and eighteen minutes late to the jail after work. But the biggest area of contention was Nuspl’s visitation while at work.

Nuspl, who works in North Canton, is afforded one hour of travel time per trip, but Sisco said the guards anticipated her late return because they had knowledge she would attempt to take her daughter trick-or-treating. Sisco testified that she was tipped off by prosecutor Steve Michniak, who was told by an anonymous source.

Nuspl shook her head slowly and looked away from Sisco as she gave her testimony. “I’m looking for her work-release privileges to be suspended for the rest of her incarceration,” said Sisco.

Nuspl’s attorney, Daniel Funk, cited typographical errors in the supplied guidelines for the work release program as a defense for the alleged hour-long visits from Nuspl’s daughter and mother at her place of employment.

Funk said the phone number listed for information and questions about the program called Robinson Memorial Hospital. He also noted that neither the employer or Sisco knew for certain the amount of time the visits took.

“I made it clear that there were to be no visits, just point A to point B,” said Corporal Robert Symsek, second shift supervisor for the Portage County Jail, in his testimony. After arguments from both sides were heard, Enlow explained that the sheriff’s department makes the rules for the program and if those rules are violated, work release privileges are almost always revoked.

“As I always say with work release, ‘It’s one strike and you’re out,’” Enlow said.

>Printed on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 in the Daily Kent Stater