Man pleads guilty to killing two women at Chagrin Falls retirement community

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio-- A Chardon man pleaded guilty to all charges in the deaths of two housekeepers at a Chagrin Falls retirement community.

Frank Staton shot Terri Treadway and Catherine Sutter, both 58, at Hamlet Village earlier this year, police said.

Staton, 56, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault on Tuesday. He was sentenced to 66 years to life in prison, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

When Judge Timothy McCormick asked why he killed the two women, Staton said, "I don't have one."

Chagrin Falls police were called to the retirement facility at about 8:30 a.m. on March 24. Treadway and Sutter were pronounced dead at the scene. Staton was found unresponsive in a hallway with a gunshot wound. Investigators said he had a gun holster and a loaded gun magazine.

Staton was taken to Hillcrest Hospital, where he was kept under police guard.

No Hamlet Village residents were injured during the shooting.

Police said Staton was a chef at the facility and lived with Treadway.

“This defendant robbed two wonderful families of their grandmother, mother, wife, sister, friend, and so much more,” said assistant prosecuting attorney Margaret Troia, in a news release on Tuesday. “We can only hope this lengthy sentence can help them as they continue to deal with this senseless and violent act.”

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