Guard Cyrus Sells

Guard Cyrus Sells

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, June 9, 1841

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Cyrus Sells

Guard Cyrus Sells was killed by an inmate who attacked him with an ax at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus. The inmate had served seven years of a 15-year sentence for highway robbery.

He was convicted of Guard Sells' murder and hanged February 9th, 1844.

Guard Sells is buried in Section R of Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.


  • Age 22
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Axe
  • Offender Executed in 1844

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Guard Cyrus Sells of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 9, 2022

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