UPDATED 7:03 AM PT — Fri. August 10, 2018
After two decades behind bars, one of Ohio’s most notorious serial killers and a member of the murderous ‘Evil Brothers’ duo is being released from prison to the world he once terrified.
59-year-old Nathaniel Cook was granted release from prison Thursday, following a plea agreement made in 2000.
Cook and his older brother Anthony sparked terror in Toledo between 1980 and 1981, murdering at least nine people and raping multiple women.
Anthony was arrested in 1981, but it wasn’t until 17-years later when DNA connected the brothers to numerous homicides across the region.
A plea agreement was formed by the defense and the state of Ohio stating the brothers would be forced to confess to their crimes.
Anthony confessed to nine homicides, while Nathaniel admitted to taking part in three.
The agreement brought closure and resolution to the families of the victims with Anthony serving life in prison, however, the arrangement required the court to release Nathaniel after serving 20-years.
Ohio’s Lucas County Judge Linda Jennings said she was reluctant to grant the release, but was bound to by law.
“Although I never would have agreed to it, I am, however, forced to comply with the agreement entered into by my predecessor, the state of Ohio, the defendant, and the defense council,” stated the judge.
Following his release Thursday, Cook was moved to a work release facility.
He will now stay under court supervision for the next five years and is required to wear an electronic GPS monitor for 12-months.
Jennings warned him of the consequences if he does not strictly follow through with the court order.
“Mr. Cook, if you violate one condition of community control, if you violate any laws, if you leave the state of Ohio without the permission of the court or your supervising probation officer, you will do the balance of your sentence in a state institution and I will not hesitate to send you back if you violate the conditions of community control,” said Judge Jennings.
Cook must also complete sex offender, mental health, and substance abuse assessments and treatments.
He will also be classified as a sexual predator and must register his address every 90-days wherever he lives, works or goes to school for the rest of his life.