Bucyrus man sentenced to life in prison for killing four men

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BUCYRUS, Ohio — A Bucyrus man admitted to killing four men and was sentenced to four life in prison terms without the possibility of parole during a hearing in a Crawford County Common Pleas courtroom Wednesday morning.

Police said the crime unfolded during a nine-day killing spree between August 25 and September 2, 2014.

During the hearing Wednesday, Donald Hoffman plead guilty to four counts of aggravated murder.

Donald HoffmanHoffman, 41,  said he entered the plea so the community would not be burdened with a trial.

Preliminary autopsy reports showed that the men had been beaten or strangled or both.

The victims, Freelin Hensley, 67, and Billy Jack Chatman, Darrell Lewis, 65, and Jerald Smith, 65, were found dead in their homes

Police said Hoffman walked in to the police station a few days after the victims were found and gave them information on all four homicides.

Prosecutors said Hoffman was in a cocaine binge stealing for money.

Hoffman believed one of the victims was romantically linked to a woman he liked.

The victims' families were in the courtroom for today's hearing and were asking for the death penalty.

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