Man pleads guilty to murders of two women in Massillon

Leeroy Rogers Sr. (Photo courtesy: Stark County Jail)

Leeroy Rogers Sr. (Photo courtesy: Stark County Jail)

CANTON, Ohio— A northeast Ohio man charged in the shooting deaths of two women has pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping a potential death penalty for him.

A judge on Friday sentenced 59-year-old Leeroy Rogers Sr. to life in prison for aggravated murder and other charges. He’ll have the possibility of parole after 61 years.

Pausing at times as he spoke, Rogers admitted he killed Kimberly Clupper, 47, and Kendra Carnes, 23, at different times in 2015. He dumped one body at a creek and the other at a park.

An assistant prosecutor says the victims’ relatives supported the plea deal to make sure Rogers spends the rest of his life behind bars.

Some of them provided statements in court. One offered Rogers forgiveness. Another suggested that would be impossible.

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