AKRON, Ohio — A Summit County judge has sentenced convicted triple murderer Richard Beasley to death on a multitude of charges, including aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, kidnapping and robbery.
Judge Lynne Callahan upheld a jury’s recommendation to give the 53-year-old, dubbed the “Craigslist Killer,” the death penalty after his conviction on the charges last month.
Beasley lured then killed Ralph Geiger, 56, of Akron; David Pauley, 51, of Norfolk, Virginia; and Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, all of whom responded to a help-wanted advertisement for a farm hand that was placed on Craigslist.
He was also convicted of attempted murder for the shooting of Scott Davis, who escaped after Beasley shot him in the arm. Davis ran into the woods then tipped off police.
A visibly distraught Davis spoke after the sentencing was imposed. Speaking directly to Beasley, Davis said, “You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” The survivor also thanked God for sparing his life and expressed sympathy for the victims’ families.
After family members addressed the court, Beasley said that he felt bad for the victims’ families, but continued to proclaim his innocence, insisting that there would be a “retrial.” As he was wheeled out of the courtroom, someone from the courtroom yelled out, “Your words mean nothing, Beasley.”
Judge Callahan was to have ruled on the jury’s recommendation last month, but the proceeding was delayed because of a defense attorney’s “medical issue.”
Beasley’s teenage co-defendant, Brogan Rafferty, was convicted of related crimes and sentenced to life in prison last year.
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