‘Monster who deserves a cruel death’: Killer Shawn Grate sentenced for two more murders

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MANSFIELD, Ohio– Convicted killer Shawn Grate was sentenced for two more murders in a Richland County Common Pleas courtroom on Friday.

The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder, one count of murder and two counts of gross abuse of a corpse for the deaths of Candace Cunningham and Rebekah Leicy. The remaining 10 charges were dropped.

Judge Brent Robinson sentenced Grate, who was already given a death sentence in a previous murder trial, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He said he felt it was necessary to protect society.

During the hearing, the victims’ family members described Grate as, “a monster who deserves a cruel death.”

Grate made a brief statement: “I apologize for my actions. I can’t change nothing.”

Grate was arrested in 2016 after police found two bodies in an Ashland home, where another woman said she had been held captive. Investigators said he led them to another body near Mansfield.

In May, an Ashland County jury found him guilty in the murders of Elizabeth Griffith and Stacey Stanley. He was sentenced to death in that case.

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